The Lagos State Government on Thursday intensified its smart city initiative with the unveiling of a free public Wi-Fi at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park, located at Alausa.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said at the event that one of the overriding policy objectives of his administration was to build a globally competitive economy.
Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Olufemi Odubiyi, said that the economy of the state was being developed to provide an opportunity for self-fulfilment.
He said that achieving global competitiveness would entail keying into new ways of doing things and the deployment of technology, especially the internet.
According to him, the provision of free public Wi-Fi in the park is part of the administration’s efforts to make Lagos a smart city.
“It is consistent with our commitment to make Lagos work for all.
“Parks and gardens have been established in different parts of the state to provide a conducive environment for recreation and relaxation.
“Just last week, the number of gardens and parks in the state increased with the opening of the Badagry Park.
“The increased patronage of these facilities, which is no longer restricted to festive season, has made it necessary to equip these centres with free Wi-Fi to serve the needs of visitors to these parks.
“As you relax and enjoy the recreation facilities in these parks, we are also making it possible for you to access your email, browse and search the internet on your tablets, smartphones and laptops, via a reliable public Wi-Fi,” he said.
Ambode said the the free Wi-Fi was another landmark in the administration’s desire to integrate the State’s economy in the mainstream of the 21st-century economy.
He said that recently, the government unveiled the Citizens’ Gate Portal, a platform designed to bridge the communication gap between the citizens and the state government.
According to him, his administration, with the launch of the free public Wi-Fi, has empowered citizens to express their views on the platform, as non-availability of data will no longer be a constraint.
“As a responsive government, I wish to assure all residents of Lagos State of our commitment to continue to develop and implement innovative ideas that will promote the delivery of dividends of good governance.
“As I launch the free public Wi-Fi in this park, it is my belief that this service will enhance productivity and add value to all our parks and gardens,” he said.