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Digital Economy: Sanwo-Olu activates $250m new hyperscale data facility

L-R: Mr. Hakeem Fahm, Commissioner for Science and Technology; Mr. Frank Iweke Jr., ex-Minister for Information; Mr. Uche Orji, Managing Director/CEO, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA); Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; and Mr. Johnson Agogbua, CEO of Kasi Cloud Data Centre, during the Ground-breaking Ceremony of Kasi Cloud Data Centre, at the Leisure Land, Lekki Peninsula II, Lagos Photo: LASG

*Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu says the government is deeply committed to rapid transformation of Lekki corridor, industrial hub

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

As part of the current administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda, the Lagos State Government (LASG) has said it is deeply committed to the rapid transformation of the Lekki corridor and other industrial hubs across the cosmopolitan state in Nigeria.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State disclosed this Tuesday, April 19, 2022, while  performing the groundbreaking ceremony of a $250million hyperscale data centre in Lagos.

Creating a Digital Lagos   Photo: LagosPost NG

ConsumerConnect reports  Kasi Cloud Limited is the promoter of the technology facility located at Leisure Land by Theme Park Site, along Maiyegun- Lekki Beach Road, Lekki Peninsula II, in Lagos.

According to the State Government, the Kasi Data Centre, being built on a four-hectare of land, will provide an interconnection and data centre platform for Nigeria to support digital ecosystems and drive Internet access to over 200 million people.

It was further learnt as the technology hub of Nigeria and West Africa, Lagos State will host the data centre which will be the largest in the West African country, with numerous economic benefits and nurturing the future generations.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed his government is committed to maximising education and technology, which constitute the second pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S development blueprint.

The Lagos State Governor as well described the development agenda as a tool to create a 21st Century Lagos that the citizens of Lagos State dream of and talk about.

Sanwo-Olu said the data centre also assured the facility would create jobs, attract additional investment, and deliver high-speed Internet access that will be transformational for emerging and existing digital ecosystems.

He further stated: “On our part as a State Government, we are deeply committed to the rapid transformation of the Lekki corridor, as well as every other industrial hub in the State.

“We are demonstrating this commitment through policies and interventions designed to improve the business environment, to reform critical government institutions and systems and to unlock new levels of innovative thinking among our people, especially our youth.”

Sanwo-Olu stated: “We realise that the people of Lagos are the most formidable assets that we have.

“They are the ones who will write the narrative of this Megacity now and into the future.

“We must educate and upskill them, to prepare them for the rapidly evolving working environment of the 21st century.”

According to Lagos State Governor, “we want to use education and technology as a tool to be able to create a 21st Century Lagos that we all dream and talk about.”

Commending Kasi Cloud Limited for building the data centre in Lagos, fondly called Centre of Excellence, Sanwo-Olu noted what KASI is doing is a testament to the capacity and capability of Nigerians to dream world-class dreams and convert such dreams into reality.

He further stated: “The economic impact that digital infrastructure improvement has on nation-building cannot be overemphasised.

“The siting of the new infrastructure in this part of Lagos is also not by accident. This is the fastest-growing corridor of the State, home to several large-scale industrial, manufacturing and logistics investments.”

In his remarks at the event, Mr. Frank Nweke (Jnr.), ex-Minister for Information, commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for positioning Lagos as a pre-eminent investment destination in Nigeria and the African continent.

Nweke said: “What is happening here today (Tuesday) is not an accident at all.

“And it is on this basis that I want to pay my respect to Mr. Governor and his colleagues in Lagos State for positioning Lagos as a preeminent destination for investment in Nigeria and indeed the continent of Africa.

“I salute your investment in security. I salute your humility.”

The former Nigerian Minister for Information also stated: “The other reason why I am here is to draw anointing from you as a gubernatorial aspirant in Enugu State, and to also take a few lessons.

“I know that security is important, and I know that even your understanding and knowledge of the economy, the local environment, national and global environment is extremely important.

He said: “So, in the coming days, I am going to be visiting you just to do some kind of apprenticeship under you to ensure that when I become Governor of Enugu by God’s grace, that I can follow your footsteps and do the kind of things we are doing here.”

Earlier in his address on the occasion, Mr. Johnson Agogbua, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kasi Cloud Limited, said that his company’s data centre would create job opportunities and investment in the community.

Agogbua applauded the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration for its commitment to technology and innovation development in Lagos State.

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