Lagos set to provide Wi-Fi services at public parks, strengthen e-governance

PERM SEC., LAGOS STATE MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, NIKE ANIMASHAUN; COMMISSIONER FATAI MABADEJE AND CHAIRMAN, ASSOCIATION OF LICENSED TELECOMS COMPANIES OF NIGERIA (ALTCON), ENGR GBENGA ADEBAYO
PERM SEC., LAGOS STATE MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, NIKE ANIMASHAUN; COMMISSIONER FATAI MABADEJE AND CHAIRMAN, ASSOCIATION OF LICENSED TELECOMS COMPANIES OF NIGERIA (ALTCON), ENGR GBENGA ADEBAYO

The Lagos State Government is working on making Wi-Fi available to every resident of the state, an official revealed at the weekend.

Permanent Secretary in the State’s ICT Ministry, Mrs Nike Animashaun, who made the announcement that is sure to excite not a few residents in the mega-city, said first phase of the Wi-Fi connectivity would be deployed at public parks located at different parts of the state.

Specifically, the Wi-Fi would be deployed at parks in Oshodi, Alausa and Ajegunle.

“The Wi-Fi services will be in some of the parks in the state and when it is deployed, residents of Lagos State would be able to access Wi-Fi in some of the parks”, she said

Mrs Animashaun said that the state government came up with the idea to stimulate and encourage the interest of children in science and technology.

The perm sec., however, did not state if the service would be free.

At a ‘2015 Ministerial Press Briefing in Alausa’, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Adebiyi Mabadeje, said the ministry would continue to provide advisory services for all Ministries Department and Agencies on science and Information Communication Technology (ICT).

Mr Mabadeje said the government was using ICT to strengthen the state’s e-governance capabilities in other to conveniently serve its residents.

“In line with our ministerial responsibilities and mission statement of employing science and technology in all activities towards improving the quality of life of Lagos residents and transforming Lagos into a developed industrial and modern city of international statute, the state has leveraged on science and technology to improve service delivery, especially leveraging on ITC to strengthen our government’s capabilities and enable the state to serve residents better”, he said.