Nigeria: Lagos to begin installation of metro fibre optics cables to aid e-commerce, tech innovations
London, Sep 9, 2019 (AltAfrica) – The Government of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria will in the coming weeks deploy metropolitan fibre optics across the state to speed up internet connection
The deployment of metropolitan fibre is one of the plans of the government of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to actualise one of the flagship projects of his administration-the Smart City project. The Governor hinted this during the celebration of his 100 days in office in Lagos on Friday.
Fibre optic broadband literally uses fibre optic cables to send data. It’s fast. It’s very, very fast, especially compared to traditional ADSL broadband, and guarantees a much more reliable connection to boot. It means more devices can connect at once and still get decent speeds, videos barely buffer at all, and files download nice and quickly
Sanwo-Olu said that in the coming weeks, Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria, would witness the deployment of metropolitan fibre optics across the state. The project, which is being initiated in collaboration with a private telecommunication firm, would provide internet infrastructure that would aid e-commerce and tech innovation.
Already, the governor said 50 locations in Lagos now enjoyed free-wifi to complement the deployment of the fibre optics and position the state as leader in e-commerce
On erratic power supply, Sanwo-Olu said about 20,000 pre-paid meters would be procured while discussions were on with DISCOS and a power firm on how to increase power supply to the state through embedded power.
He said his administration had taken the bold step to bring relief to the life of the citizens of the state and to build on the foundations laid by his predecessors.
Sanwo-Olu said his resolve to complete all inherited projects from last administration had restored the confidence of contractors handling construction of various infrastructure projects to return to site and complete them, adding that work had resumed on the Badagry Highway and other critical projects inherited from the last administration.
“By December, we would have completed the Badagry highway to open up the area for business and tourism,” he said.
On education, the Governor revealed that the State had concluded a plan to recruit more than 10,000 teachers. He said his government had already appropriated resources for the upgrade of public schools, which would also be equipped with required materials to aid quality learning.
On healthcare delivery, the Governor disclosed that a 140-bed Maternal and Child Care (MCC) had been completed by his government in Alimosho area of this state which will be commissioned in two week to strengthen the capacity of the state in providing sound maternity care for residents.
This is in addition to the recently commissioned a 110-bed Maternal and Child Care (MCC) in Ajah and the recently concluded “Healthy Bee Initiative” of the Lagos Government in which 25,000 residents benefited from free treatment and surgery was a tip of other programmes being initiated to improve healthcare in the state.
The Governor appreciated Lagos residents for keeping faith with his administration, adding that the support accorded his government made the success of the last 100 days possible.
He said: “My experience during these first 100 days in office has shown that the determination to build greater Lagos is audacious. I can assure all residents that my government and members of the State Executive Council are ready to bring about more programmes and actions that will take Lagos to greater heights in socio-economic development. The coming days will be filled with good governance and more successes.”