New Eko In­no­va­tion Cen­tre Un­veiled

THISDAY - - MARKET PLACE -

With a prom­ise to trans­form the tech­nol­ogy land­scape of La­gos State and Nigeria at large, the new Eko In­no­va­tion Cen­tre was of­fi­cially un­veiled in La­gos dur­ing week.

Speak­ing at the launch, Gov­er­nor of La­gos State, Ba­batunde Sanwo-Olu, who en­dorsed the ini­tia­tive, ex­pressed op­ti­mism in it, adding that it would add up to the mega city vi­sion of the state.

He said: “Tech­nol­ogy is the way to go, it is the way of the fu­ture and it is the way the en­tire uni­verse is go­ing and ev­ery­body is us­ing tech­nol­ogy to de­velop ev­ery­thing that they need.

“We be­lieve that from here, things around the THEME con­cept that has to do with the en­vi­ron­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, trans­porta­tion and health in­no­va­tions would be de­vel­oped. Peo­ple from here would come and give us in­no­va­tive ideas to solve our trans­porta­tion and other problems.”

Founder of the cen­tre,Vic­tor Afo­labi, stated that the ini­tia­tive would go a long way in creating an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for young peo­ple to de­velop in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions and cre­ate em­ploy­ment while lever­ag­ing tech­nol­ogy to achieve more.

He said: “We saw in the La­gos man­i­festo an agenda to make the State a 21st cen­tury econ­omy. The only way to cre­ate a 21st cen­tury econ­omy is to make sure you are creating busi­nesses and solution to problems that are driven by in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy.

“Eko In­no­va­tion Cen­tre is de­signed not just to add to the grow­ing fig­ures of lo­cal tech hubs, but to pro­vide a much re­quired plat­form for star­tups to scale through the chal­lenges of their in­cu­ba­tion pe­riod – a bold and au­da­cious ini­tia­tive for the coun­try’s tech com­mu­nity.”

Afo­labi pointed out that most of the ex­ist­ing tech­nol­ogy cen­tres and hubs pri­mar­ily pro­vide workspaces and ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing power and in­ter­net ser­vices, with a few more pro­vid­ing sup­port plat­forms for the growth of the star­tups.

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