Fashola, Lagos Business School sign MoU on competitiveness projects
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lagos Business School (LBS) on competitiveness project.
The governor said the willingness of his administration to be open showed that those criticising the state’s economy are wrong.
Fashola, who spoke at the Conference Room of the Lagos House, Ikeja, explained that the partnership with the LBS shows that any matter could be debated and analysed for public good, as it is done in several parts of the world.
The governor noted that the project shows that his administration was ready to present its processes to independent teams of academics, professionals and entrepreneurs and also share knowledge and experience with them to benefit from existing human capital in the state.
He said great cities, such as London and New York, share a cordial relationship with their business schools and universities.
According to him, the MoU should have come earlier than now.
Fashola added: “But it is consistent with some of the things that I have advocated, that the town and gown must shake hands. We must implement policies that are consistent with the experience of people out there and the people must also acquire knowledge and skills that are useful for government to discharge its responsibilities.”
The Dean of the Lagos Business School, Dr Enase Okonedo, said the objective is to see how the LBS can make Lagos an attractive place not only for businesses but also for business persons who will come to Africa and take advantage of the potential which has been out there for a couple of years.
She said the Lagos Competitiveness Project is a collaboration between the Lagos State Government and the LBS to competitiveness studies across the 10 crucial sectors.