A Smart City is a growing concept that draws from the success of Dubai’s innovative knowledge-based industry “clusters” to empower business growth for companies and knowledge workers all over the world”.
The Lagos State government and the City of Dubai have entered a historic partnership that will create the first Smart City in Africa.
The Memorandum of Understanding for the Lagos Smart City was on Monday signed at the Emirate Towers by the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem and the Chief Executive Officer of Smart City Dubai LLC, Mr. Jabber Bin Hafez.
The signing of the MOU, which will make Lagos the home of the very first Smart City in Africa, was witnessed by the Chairman of Dubai Holdings, His Excellency, Ahmad Bin Byat who is also the Deputy Prime Minister and the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.
The Smart City (Lagos) is expected to bring multi-billion dollars investments to Lagos, create several thousands of jobs and transform the Ibeju-Lekki axis in particular and the entire Lagos State in general.
According to Governor Ambode, “This is a deliberate attempt by us to establish a strong convergence between technology, economic development and governance;
“The MOU between Lagos State Government and Dubai Holdings, LLC, owners of Smart City (Dubai) is to develop sustainable, smart, globally connected knowledge-based communities that drive knowledge economy.”
The governor stated that the collaboration is part of the larger vision to make Lagos safer, cleaner and more prosperous; and will become the world’s first carbon neutral city, an important centre for innovations in smart technologies, wellness and destination for green tourism.
When completed, the Smart City Lagos will have, among other features: a 12-lane road, hotel resorts, world-class technological education facilities, a rail metroline, to mention but a few.