The Lagos State government and the City of Dubai have signed an agreement to build Africa’s first Smart City in Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria.
Under the plan, the Smart City is envisage to deliver a good mix of technology, economic development and governance to Lagos, Nigeria’s fast-growing economic capital. When completed, the Lagos Smart City project will be the first Smart City in Africa.
Lagos State says its proposed 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”.
The Memorandum of Understanding for the Lagos Smart City was on Monday signed at the Emirate Towers in Dubai by Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice and Mr. Jabber Bin Hafez, Chief Executive Officer of Smart City Dubai LLC.
The signing of the MOU, which will make Lagos the home of the very first Smart City in Africa, was witnessed by the Chairman of Dubai Holdings, His Excellency, Ahmad Bin Byat who is also the Deputy Prime Minister and the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.
Mr. Steve Ayorinde, Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy says the Smart City (Lagos) is expected to bring multi-billion dollars investments to Lagos, create several thousands of jobs and transform the Ibeju-Lekki axis in particular and the entire Lagos State in general.
“This is a deliberate attempt by us to establish a strong convergence between technology, economic development and governance, and ” Governor Ambode says in the statement.
“The MOU 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, ” Ambode says.
According to the Lagos State Governor, ”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 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 governor added that apart from creating jobs for the people, the project would also become the world’s first carbon neutral city. “Lagos,” he stated, “will become an important centre for innovations in smart technologies, wellness and destination for green tourism.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Deputy Prime Minister Bin Byat said the Dubai authorities were impressed with the conduct and readiness of Lagos State government and were eager to proceed with the Lagos State government and the Smart City Lagos company, which is the operating entity for the project.
When completed, the Smart City Lagos will have, among other features: a 12-lane road, hotel resorts, world-class technological education facilities, a rail metroline, among others.