LASG, tech lead­ers co-cre­ate so­lu­tions for smart city

The Punch - - INFORMATIO­N TECHNOLOGY - Sto­ries: Ife Ogun­fuwa

The Lagos State Gov­ern­ment and ex­perts in the tech­nol­ogy ecosys­tem are col­lab­o­rat­ing to cre­ate so­lu­tions that will help to achieve the smart city plans of the state.

Stake­hold­ers gath­ered at a two-day sum­mit called Art of Tech­nol­ogy 1.0 and themed ‘Bridg­ing the Gap’ in Lagos to ex­am­ine how ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and other tech­nolo­gies could be used to solve so­ci­etal prob­lems.

At the event spon­sored by the Lagos State Gov­ern­ment, the founder of Eko In­no­va­tion Centre, Mr Vic­tor Afo­labi, said the gath­er­ing was a continuati­on of an ear­lier en­gage­ment of gov­ern­ment with the tech com­mu­nity, which saw the co-cre­ation of so­lu­tions in the ar­eas of ac­cess, in­fra­struc­ture, tal­ent and capital for the Lagos

Mas­ter Plan.

He said, “For the first time in this coun­try, whether state, sub­re­gional, or na­tional, we have a gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted to an in­no­va­tion mas­ter plan. It is part-prod­uct of the co-cre­ation ses­sion. It is called Lagos State In­no­va­tion Mas­ter Plan. It tells us where we are go­ing; where we need to be and how we can achieve more.”

The Lagos In­no­va­tion Mas­ter Plan was un­veiled by the Gov­er­nor of Lagos State, Mr Baba­jide Sanwo-olu, in the com­pany with the state Deputy Gov­er­nor, Dr Obafemi hamzat; Com­mis­sioner for Science and Tech­nol­ogy, Mr ha­keem Fahm; and Spe­cial Ad­viser, In­no­va­tion and Tech­nol­ogy to the Gov­er­nor of Lagos State, Mr Tun­bo­sun Alake.

The gov­er­nor an­nounced a tech fund of N250m to be man­aged by the Lagos State Science, Re­search and In­no­va­tion Coun­cil, headed by the Vice-chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Lagos, Prof. Oluwa­toyin Ogundipe.

Sanwo-olu said the fund would sup­port re­search and de­vel­op­ment of tech-fo­cused so­lu­tions, charg­ing LASRIC to in­vest in re­search and de­vel­op­ment in the ar­eas of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, ro­bot­ics, health in­for­mat­ics and green en­ergy.

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