The deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat has said the government of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu will make Lagos state the technology hub of Africa, if elected.
The former Commissioner for Science and Technology in Lagos State made the statement on tuesday while addressing the subject of Leadership and Democratic Governance as a guest on Lagos Television.
Hamzat said he and his principal, Mr. Sanwo-Olu were out to maximize the advantage of the huge youth population in the state and the growing interest and capacity shown by this group to make the state the technology hub of Africa.
He added that Lagos was grateful for having the APC, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, in charge of the national government, noting that Lagos State was now on progressive development path.
Hamzat further stated that the ongoing developmental partnership between the APC-led Federal Government and Lagos State is the reason Lagos has remained the most economically formidable state in Nigeria while urging the voting public to cast their votes for Buhari and Sanwo-Olu in the forthcoming presidential and gubernatorial elections respectively.
“We will continue to emphasize that technology will be a major priority in our aspiration for a greater Lagos. That’s why we have Information Communication and Technology (ICT) in our recently unveiled 5 Pillars of development for Lagos. In this plan, we have deliberately placed Education and Technology together to ensure that teaching and learning in our schools have strong connections with the demands of modern technology and development.
“Therefore our vision is to inspire a generation of IT whizkids who will enable us extract sufficient gains and investments that are driven by data and technology. As such we will ensure coding is introduced in our schools and several programmes that are geared towards increasing the knowledge and positioning our youths for greater opportunities in the information age,” he said.