The Lagos State Government has inaugurated a Data center in the Lagos Free Zone in Lekki.
The technology put together by one of Nigeria’s broadband infrastructure firm and Telecoms connectivity and data center solutions provider, aims to provide reliable services to major Telecoms operators, government agencies, small and large entrepreneur as well as educational institutions.
Speaking at the inauguration, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the state has the highest number of technology start-ups in West Africa and the leader in e-commerce.
Governor Sanwo-olu, alongside his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said the investment is putting Lagos on a global market and likewise providing job opportunity, both for investors, technology experts and for the teeming youths,.
According to Governor Sanwo-Olu, his administration would continue to support and create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.
“Lagos is the heartbeat and commercial nerve centre of the country, therefore, we will continue to support investors, and create an enabling environment for their businesses to flourish.
“Lagos remains in the tech global market and in the map of the global space, as a destination of choice, where investors, tech experts see as a place to be.
“Therefore, for businesses to thrive with international and local businesses to do well, we need to deliberately listen to their needs, know how government can help in terms of policies to make them thrive.
“This investment is putting Lagos on a global market and likewise providing jobs for the teeming youths,” he said.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, noted that with job creation, knowledge and skills would be acquired by those employed in the facility and they would be trained so that they could compete with their counterparts at the global level.
In a remark, the Managing Director of the firm, Funke Opeke, said the facility is a hub of digital economy in West Africa.
Mrs. Opeke, noted that the firm landed its first Marine cable in Lagos and opened its first data centre also in Lagos and West Africa.
According to Mrs. Opeke, the facility will further help in boosting development, especially in areas of data gathering and content creation.
“The facility will further help in boosting development, especially in areas of data gathering and content creation.
“All telecommunications companies are connected to the facility and major institutions are providing critical services all over West Africa with this facility.
“With our parent company, we are poised to make a lot more investment with other global cities in terms of data and expertise,” she said.
The Lekki data center is directly connected to all 26 Network providers with services across the country and currently the largest purpose built data center in West Africa.