Abuja - The Lagos State Government said it had ambitious plans to transform the Yaba area into “Africa's next Silicon Valley.”
Slicon Valley in the United States is home to many of the world's largest technology corporations, as well as thousands of small startups.
Locally, Yaba is where ICT firms are concentrated.
The state’s commissioner for science and technology, Adebiyi Mabadeje, said with the ongoing massive broadband project and other clusters of IT-driven businesses cropping up in Yaba, the Government was hopeful of achieving such goals.
Mabadeje said the state treasured its collaboration with private players such as MainOne Company and other involved in the deployment of extensive fibre optic network around Lagos.
He noted that with organisation like Cc-Hub, Paga, iDEA Center, Jobberman, Buyology, and others establishing presence at Yaba, the area would connect Lagos to other parts of the country and Africa in general.
The commissioner added that the state would continue to identify with innovators and innovating institutions to actualize its technological and infrastructural growth.
“The project we have at hand with MainOne and other third parties are massive broadband network deployment. We believe that Yaba will actually become Africa’s Silicon Valley due to the presence of technology savvy organization and the commissioning of a mobile experience centre by Cc-Hub will draw users’ attention to the area as well,” he said.
Mabadeje added, “We are not losing sight or our vision to see that the developmental agenda are achieved for the engagement of the youths in meaningful ventures and in making life easy for Lagosians.”
– CAJ News