The Lagos State governor Babatunde Raji Fashola had a meeting with the chairman of Google Inc.Eric Schmidt on Sunday 20th January, 2013.
Fashola and other government officials where in attendance as the administration and progress on IT Infrastructure of the state is being discussed.
According to the Governor, he said:
“The reason this is important, especially at the artisanal level, is that we have 17 Skills Development centers training young people in all sorts of basic skills – shoe-making, hat-making, pottery, dress making, plumbing, photography and all that – and the basic course all of them must take, in addition to whatever course they choose to do, is Computer Appreciation Course that teaches them how to keep their accounts and how to use software to propel and develop their market”.
“So there is already a market. We have trained about 29, 000 people who would readily grab the market with both hands to leverage faster internet access much more”, the Governor said adding, “So, all that is sitting and waiting to explode in a manner of speaking”.The governor is enthusiastic to delivering an IT hub for children and the people. Read more of the discussion when you continue...
|Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), yesterday had a meeting with Executive Chairman of Google Inc., Eric Schmidt|
Katangowa- A major IT Hub
Governor Fashola also drew the attention of the company to the plans of his administration to make Katangowa, a blighted suburb of the State, “a major IT hub”, saying it would enable the State Government locate the IT appliances, tools and others as well as the market in a residential area.
“For us, it can become a major IT hub. It is a few kilometres away from the State University. We are thinking of an IT warehouse and just taking everybody to the place”, the Governor said adding, “I think what we have decided a few weeks ago is that Government will take the lead and that we are going to put buildings, shops and warehouses there and hope that people will follow us”.
The Governor, however, said power was the only limiting factor at the moment adding that if there were adequate and uninterrupted Power, “everybody will find his point of entry”.
Governor Fashola said the company could not have come at a more opportune time adding, “That is why we are out here on a Sunday because for us wherever opportunities come, we seize it with whatever we have not just with both hands”.
Country Manager, Google Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan, in her brief opening remarks, said Google has been in Nigeria for about three years and that the work the company has been doing has been helping to build online ecosystem, noting that Nigeria is a vibrant market with lots of opportunities.
In his remarks, earlier, Chairman of Google Inc, Mr. Eric Schmidt, said the company believes there is a huge growth in Nigeria giving Brazil as an example where, according to him, “We started with a smaller size group and we grew incredibly quickly to the point that we have 1,000 people”.