The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, have declared that no meaningful development could be achieved without accurate data.
Techeconomy.ng can report that both Osinbajo and Sanwo-Olu on Thursday, December 3, stressed the importance of data in delivering dividends of democracy to the citizens.
The duo make the remarks while speaking at the second edition of Art of Technology 2.0 (#ArtofTechnologoLagos) held in Lagos state.
The event with the theme: “Smart Data. Smarter Lagos”, also had the Chief Executive, Stannic IBTC Plc, Dr. Demola Sogunle as keynote speaker.
Osinbajo who joined the event virtually to deliver his address said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is working round the clock to make Nigeria a smart country noting that human creativeness and ingenuities were major assets needed to make the society a smart place.
He stated that Buhari’s administration would continue to pursue its digital and technology driven agenda to keep the country at pace with the rest of the world.
“Data is everything, we gathering economic data, demographic data and other data coupled with our resourcefulness to manage over twenty million people.
“So we must leverage on technology and data for better plans, policy design and decisions making. Smart data makes smart Governance.”
Samwo-Olu, in his own address, reiterated the commitment of his administration to make Lagos Smart City by digitalizing every operation in the state with the aim of making it the smartest City in the country.
He affirmed that the state is leaving no stone unturned to give residents sound governance through data gathering.
He said “We need to know ourselves, so with data obtained from Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) and other agencies, we shall be able to plan well, take sound decisions and make better policies.
“All these efforts are gear towards making Lagos a smarter city in every sector of our economy in line with our economic agenda of T.H.E.M.E.S.
“We are deploying 6000 kilometers fiber boxes in every nooks and cranny of the state, we are working with Discos to ensure that power is stable in the state because we can’t operate without power supply.”
Meanwhile, the CEO of Y-Combinator, Michael Seibel, delivered the second keynote on educative section titled, “Startups, The Bedrock of Building a Smart City”.
In his submission, he said that startup founders must be careful of how much of their company is sold.
According to Seibel, “It might look attractive at the onset, but in the long run, the consequences might not be favourable.”
He stressed that the key to growing a startup is to sometimes see the company from the future perspective.
The second edition of Art of Technology Lagos 2.0 is in line with the State Government’s SMART City agenda of making Lagos a 21st century economy.
Organised by the Office of Innovation and Technology, Lagos State, the two-day #AoTLagos2.0 is curated by Eko Innovation Centre; bringing together the best of tech minds from across the globe physically and virtually on the 3rd and 4th of December 2020.