In Partnership the Lagos State Government and MainOne, a Nigeria telecommunications company, has launched a free public Wi-Fi project at parks and gardens in Lagos, Nigeria. The launch of the project was announced on the 12th of May at Ndubisi Kanu Park, Alausa, Ikeja, during the 50th year anniversary celebrations of the creation of the State. This is according to reports by Nigerian Communications Week.
According to IAfrikan, Mr. Olufemi Odubiyi, state Commissioner for Science and Technology who was representing and speaking on behalf of, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, executive governor of Lagos State, highlighted the importance of internet access as an enabler in modern society and the efforts of the administration in providing free Wi-Fi to make the state work for all and sundry.
Odubiyi said that, “Parks and Gardens are established to provide conducive environment for recreation and relaxation activities. As you relax and enjoy the recreational facilities in these parks, we are making it possible for you to access your mail, browse and search the internet on your tablets, smart phones and laptops via a reliable public Wi-Fi”, Ambode said, adding that the number of gardens and parks in the state has increased with the opening of the Badagry Recreation Park, recently.
Ms. Funke Opeke, MainOne’s chief executive officer, who waas represented by Funmike Olayera, sales manager, Public Sector, applauded Lagos State’s commitment to evolving into a Smart City and stressed that ICT must remain at the center of the transformation of Lagos State. According to her, ICT would improve quality of life for indigenes with access to public and educational institutions, transportation systems, hospitals, and other community services across the State.
Ms. Opeke said the roll out of free public Wi-Fi in Lagos was made possible because of the investment the company has made in fiber-optic infrastructure in Lagos State and expressed the company’s commitment to continued investment in Lagos State and Nigeria.