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LASG Will Fund Tech-Driven Models For Urban Development – Sanwo-Olu




Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday, June 19th,
2019 pledged his administration’s support and funding for entrepreneurs with
new technologies that poses business models capable of assisting urban
development in the State.

R-L: Country Senior Partner, PwC Nigeria, Mr. Uyi Akpata; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; representative of the Vice president and Director General, Budget, Mr. Ben Akabueze and Group Managing Director, First Bank of Nigeria Holdings, Mr. Urum Eke during the launching of PwC Experience Centre at Victoria Island, Lagos

Governor Sanwo-Olu also said the State will provide
fluid financing to promote and encourage the upscale for digital economy.

L-R: Group Managing Director, First Bank of Nigeria Holdings, Mr. Urum Eke; Founder, Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; representative of the Vice president and Director General, Budget, Mr. Ben Akabueze and Country Senior Partner, PwC Nigeria, Mr. Uyi Akpata during the launching of PwC Experience Centre 

The Governor made this known in his goodwill
message delivered at the opening of the PwC Experience Centre in Victoria
Island, Lagos as he assured of his Government’s partnership with proactive
organisations like PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The Governor said; “We want to help you think carefully about the incentives that promote and foster the growth of the digital economy and help fund entrepreneurs who have new tech-driven business models that can contribute to our sustainable urban development.

“We will therefore continue to encourage and support forward thinking organizations and institutions – like yours – that catapult Lagos into this new era of development.”

He expressed delight with the creation of a PwC
Experience Centre in Lagos State noting that it is in tandem with his
administration’s plan to cut off traditional modes of thinking for a 21st
Century city.

The Governor added that the centre has joined the
progressive organisations with modern creative ideas leveraging on technologies
for growth and job opportunities.

According to him; ” the establishment of the PwC centre also aligns with the aspirations of our new government to support, in any way it can, the disruption of traditional thinking that will transform Lagos State into a 21st century smart city.

“PwC has joined this elite class of forward-thinking companies that are now leveraging on technological advancements to provide inclusive growth, more job opportunities and the emergence of our informal enterprise out of the shadow economy.”

L-R: Group Managing Director, First Bank of Nigeria Holdings, Mr. Urum Eke; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; representative of the Vice president and Director General, Budget, Mr. Ben Akabueze; Founder, Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia and Country Senior Partner, PwC Nigeria, Mr. Uyi Akpata during the cutting of the tape to launch the PwC Experience Centre at Victoria Island, Lagos

Governor Sanwo-Olu however noted that the desire
to know more and make progress should be taken beyond the private sector but
also to the public sector where his government is ready to take advantage using
the bright and intelligent public servants to grow and improve governance.

“It also serves as a reminder to us that the quest for knowledge and progress, with the use of technology, should no longer be limited to the private sector. It is imperative that the public sector urgently commits itself to leveraging our brilliant and creative minds to harnessing data and digital intelligence to advance our standard of living and well-being.

“In Lagos, we face serious challenges particularly in the areas of traffic management, waste management, safety and security, human capacity development; and we have no choice but to address them by embracing technology and innovation.”

He was optimistic the centre will not only be
impactful to Lagos for growth and development but also Nigeria in general.

Earlier in his address, the Leader of the PwC
Experience Centre, Mr Femi Osinubi, stated that some of the services to be rendered
by the centre includes assistance to domestic brands, government, foundation and
multi-nationals from planning for the future, also make best use of
technologies to meet challenges of dynamic world of business.

In his words; “we support household brands, governments, charities and global companies with everything from planning for the future, to how they can make best use of their technology and meet the challenges of a changing world of business”




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