TechInAfrica – The Eko Innovation Centre, a tech hub that is private sector-driven, was recently unveiled by Governor of Lagos state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The aim of this initiative was essentially to develop a strategic increase in entrepreneurship and technological capacity across the state.
Governor of Lagos, Sanwo-Olu, said the location of the innovation centre used to be one of his campaign offices during his speech for the launch of the centre located at Ikoyi.
“It used to be a place where I had lots of young people who used to spend long nights to develop a lot of concepts around my manifesto”, he stated.
“So, we said to ourselves, what is the best thing we can use this place for and so we decided to turn it into a tech hub, where people can come here to develop ideas.
“So, it is for Lagosians to come and take advantage of it once it fully becomes operational. It is part of our contribution to the things we preached while we were campaigning, that we would make Lagos a tech hub,” he said.
According to him, if “we solve the Lagos problem, you have to a large extent solved the Nigerian problem.”
The Eko Innovation Centre is supposed to run independent, without any form of support from the Lagos government, Sanwo-Olu said.
“Technology is the way to go, it is the way of the future and it is the way the entire universe is going to.
“Everybody is using technology to develop everything that we need. We are believing that from this place, things around the THEME concept that has to do with the environment, education, transportation and health would be developed.
“People from here would come and give us innovative ideas to solve our transport problem; ideas with which they think locally but act globally,” he added.
The Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Eko Innovation Hub, Victor Gbenga Afolabi, was also present during the launch, and he said “the innovation hub was formed to a large extent when this place was used as the campaign office that brought in the incoming governor of Lagos State.”
“We went back to the manifesto and one of the things we saw was the fact that there is an agenda to make Lagos State a 21st-century economy. “The only way to create a 21st-century economy is to make sure you are creating businesses and solution to problems that are driven by innovation and technology,” he added.
Source : tech.africa