UK to support Lagos to harness waterways transportation and digital inclusion…..
Written by tobi adejare on July 6, 2019
Published by Yemisi Dada
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms Catriona Laing, has met with Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to discuss bilateral partnership.
The meeting which was held behind closed doors had the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and other top government officials in attendance.
Addressing reporters after the meeting, Ms Laing who was accompanied by the outgoing British Deputy High Commissioner, Laurie Beaufils and the political Adviser to the British Deputy High Commission, Lagos, Mr. Wale Adebajo said the meeting focused on three key areas of common interest which are technology-driven water transportation, investment and smart city initiative.
The British High Commissioner explained that strategies to be adopted by the Lagos Government and private sector partners to enable Lagos realise its aspirations to be a leading city in technology and innovation on the African continent were discussed.
The envoy said there was a discussion around the African Investment Summit holding in London next January in which 20 African countries, including Nigeria, would be participating.
She said the summit would offer a platform for Nigeria to rebrand itself by convincing some of the investors on how it is solving some of its challenges, especially in security and infrastructure.
Ms Laing said the UK would be willing to support Lagos specifically in two key areas of harnessing the waterways for efficient transportation and digital inclusion, which are the hallmarks of smart cities.