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Govt turns to technology for job creation

Lagos State Government has invited global experts in technology to collaborate with the state on how it can best explore technology to strengthen governance, attract investments and create more job opportunities.

Working with the government in these regards are a former Israeli chief scientist and senior adviser to the World Bank, Shuki Gleitma; World Bank private sector development specialist, Feyi Boroffice; and chief executive officer of Ofakim Hi-Tech Ventures, a leading Israeli Tech Incubator, Yoram Halevy, as well as Microsoft.

 Others, according to the government, are Techno Vision, Konga.com, IBM and VConnect.

The Commissioner for Science and Technology, Adebiyi Mabadeje, said on Tuesday that the project was at the instance of Governor Babatunde Fashola, who was convinced that Lagos could use technology to boost its economy.

 He added, “Government believe that more can be achieved through technology which is the infrastructure of the future.

“We have already done a lot in this area, but we are also committed to doing more, especially in creating opportunities for the teeming youth population who are eager to explore technology to eke out a living like their counterparts in other parts of the world.”

 Mabadeje said the invitation of the experts from around the world to sit with officials of government was to see what the state had done so far, and what more could be done collaboratively to further deepen innovation and technology.

He added that the move, which was backed by PRI Project Development, an international financial advisory firm, would see Lagos inaugurating world-class infrastructure that would assist in nurturing and growing innovative ideas through grants.

 At the gathering of the experts in Lagos on Tuesday, Gleitma said with the commitment so far displayed by the government in creating the infrastructure and ecosystem required to support and accelerate innovation, “there is a real opportunity to leverage technology and innovation in order to leapfrog development in Lagos in particular and Nigeria as a whole.”

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