The Lagos State Government has disclosed its readiness to collaborate with the United Kingdom in all areas, especially those that will be of immense benefit to the good people of the state.
Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, the Lagos State Deputy Governor stated this while welcoming a United Kingdom team on a courtesy visit to his office at the Secretariat, Alausa.
He applauded the team led by Harriett Baldwin, the UK Minister of State for Department for International Development for ensuring that Lagos State is among the beneficiaries of the £38 Million programme on mobile development extended to Nigeria in view of her immense population and socio-economic significance.
Dr. Hamzat assured the team that due to the importance of the programme, the state government will embark on a sensitization campaign aimed at informing and educating the citizenry on the benefits of the programme and how to effectively take advantage of its inherent benefits.
He said “With the large population of Lagos State, any developmental programme embarked upon would be of great benefit to the residents, as well as of immense benefits to all investors in the state”.
Earlier in her remarks, Harriet Baldwin, the leader of the UK visiting team, stated that Lagos State, being the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria and sixth largest economy in Africa, is to benefit from the United Kingdom 38 million pounds extended programme on mobile for development in Nigeria.
She explained that the Mobile for development programme is to enable a lot of people to access financial services through their mobile phones and buy things like solar system for their homes and businesses.
The Minister added that owing to the significant impact of the programme on the people, the UK government is extending the programme to the state in order to impact positively on the lives of many residents in Lagos, especially those at the grassroots.
In her words, “The programme would enable women in the market to use the financial services in investing in solar fridges, freezers and other things that will be of great use to them in their homes, especially in areas where they do not have access to reliable electricity”.
While noting that Lagos is a vibrant city that is at the cutting edge of investment in technology, Baldwin hinted that the UK government is willing to learn from some of the state’s innovation as well as share some of theirs.