Lagos to emerge Africa’s first Smart City

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

The Lagos State Government and the City of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, (UAE), have entered into a partnership that will see Lagos emerge as the first Smart City in Africa.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Lagos Smart City was signed at the Emirate Towers, Dubai by the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem and the Chief Executive Officer of Smart City Dubai Mr Jabber Bin Hafez.

Lagos State Governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode says the Lagos Smart City is expected to bring multi-billion dollars investments to the State, create thousands of jobs and transform the Ibeju-Lekki axis in particular and the entire Lagos State in general.

Governor Ambode described the deal as a deliberate attempt by his government to establish a strong convergence between technology, economic development and governance.

“The historic signing of the MOU is between Lagos State Government and Dubai Holdings, LLC, owners of Smart City (Dubai) to develop a sustainable, smart, globally connected knowledge-based communities that drive knowledge economy,” Governor Ambode said.

Prosperous Lagos
He stressed that the collaboration was part of the larger vision to make Lagos safer, cleaner and more prosperous.

“A Smart-City Lagos will be the pride of all ‘Lagosians’ just as we have Smart City Dubai, Smart-City Malta and Smart-City Kochi (India); we are encouraged by the fact that we do not, as a government, need to develop at a slow pace, but take full advantage of the digital age and fast track development of Lagos to a real megalopolis that we can all be proud of, the future is ours to take, it also marks the first smart city in Africa when completed,” the governor added.

The Governor added that apart from creating jobs for the people, the project would also become the world’s first carbon neutral city.

According to Ambode, “Lagos will become an important centre for innovation in smart technologies, wellness and destination for green tourism.”

The Deputy Prime Minister of UAE, Ahmad Bin Byat said the Dubai authorities were impressed with the conduct and readiness of Lagos State Government.

Bin Byat who is also the Chairman of Dubai Holdings, stated that his team was eager to proceed with Nigeria’s economic capital city in the Smart City Lagos project.

A Smart City is a growing concept that draws from the success of Dubai’s innovative knowledge-based industry clusters to empower business growth for companies and knowledge workers all over the world.