FG, pri­vate in­vestors plan multi-bil­lion naira Smart City

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced plan to part­ner with the pri­vate in­vestors to build a multi­bil­lion naira Smart City at Lekki Free Zone in Lagos.

A Smart City is a city where dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies are used to en­hance qual­ity and per­for­mance of ur­ban ser­vices, to re­duce costs and re­source con­sump­tion and to en­gage more ef­fec­tively and ac­tively with the cit­i­zens.

Dis­clos­ing the coun­try’s Smart City plan dur­ing the Nige­ria Day at GI­TEX event in Dubai, the Min­istry of Communications Tech­nol­ogy’s Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Dr Tunji Olaopa said the foundation lay­ing for the mas­sive project would take place in the first quar­ter of 2016 and the city would be ready for com­mis­sion­ing in 2020. The Per­ma­nent Sec -re­tary who was rep­re­sented by the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Na­tional In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Agency, Mr Pe­ter Jack, said would take five years to com­plete and would house a big in­no­va­tion cen­tre, a repli­cate of US Sil­i­con Villa.

“In Lagos, we have a flag­ship in­vest­ment, in part­ner­ship with the Nige­ria Com­puter So­ci­ety (NCS), In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Industry As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria ITAN) and the

( rest of the pri­vate sec­tor like Chams Group, to drive smart city in Lagos, lo­cated along the Lekki free trade zone. We are part­ner­ing 21 Cen­tury to drive the soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tion for the Smart City and we have also es­tab­lished the of­fice of ICT in­no­va­tion and En­trepreneur­ship to co­or­di­nate all of our ac­tiv­i­ties to­wards driv­ing Smart City in Lagos,’’he said.

Over the last five years, IT has dou­bled its con­tri­bu­tion to Nige­ria’s GDP from 4.5 per cent to 10 per cent , thereby ac­count­ing for about N50 bil­lion of the N500 bil­lion of the Nige­rian econ­omy af­ter the re­bas­ing the Nige­rian econ­omy.

NITDA DG Mr Pe­ter Jack (left) and and Chair­man Smart City Mr De­mola Aladekomo sign­ing MOU for the Lagos Smart City project in Abuja, re­cently.

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