All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has promised to provide institutional and infrastructural support for the growth of the technology sector if elected as governor in 2019, and use technology to address the creation of employment opportunities, mentoring, entrepreneurship, education, health and others.
Gracing a “Digital Lagos” event, hosted by Vibranium Valley at the weekend, he noted that technology is changing the way people live, work and socialize, adding that social and governance problems are also solved with technological innovations especially in a city-state such as Lagos with a Gross Domestic Product of more than $136bn.
Speaking on the importance of Digital Lagos as a veritable platform for the transformation of the country, Sanwo-Olu, who was accompanied to the event by his running-mate, Obafemi Hamzat, said the huge investment in technology and creation of an expansive learning facility like Vibranium Valley will lend credence to the popular saying that “Africa is the future of the world.”
According to him, “My government will work in partnership with the technology sector to solve social issues such as creation of employment opportunity, mentoring, entrepreneurship, education, health, transportation and to also improve the revenue profile of the government.
‘‘I’m aware that technology is the oil of today. Some ten years ago, the richest companies in the world were oil and energy giants, but the tide has changed. What we have today are technology companies dominating the global economic space. With technology, transparency and accountability in government become easier and possible.
“Technological innovations are helping social enterprise address social problems. Tech is accelerating Small and Medium Enterprises, SME evolutions and the impact of this is positive on the economy, which gives everyone a share of the prosperity created by this system.”
The governorship candidate also spoke on the importance of the old Concord newspapers facility, which houses Vibranium Garden along Murtala Mohammed Airport Road and the owner, the late Chief M. K. O. Abiola, who he described as a man of big idea and notable entrepreneur.
“That you are using the old Concord Newspapers facility as a hub of innovation in Lagos also invokes huge memories and the symbolism of the Chief Abiola. He was a man of big ideas and he represented hope. You are incubating big ideas here that will bring hope and prosperity to Lagos, Nigeria and the rest of the world,” he said.