Lagos State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Fatai Mabadeje, has said the state will roll out more fibre optic cables to address the increasing population of the state.
Mabadeje who dropped the hint at the recent ministerial press briefing in Lagos, puts the current population of Lagos residents at over 21 million, but said the number would jump to 25 million by 2015, going by the high rate of migration of people into Lagos.
According to him, the present infrastructure in the area of fibre optic would not sustain the growing population of Lagos, hence the need for additional fibre optic cable rollout that would boost broadband penetration in the state.
In the area of education, the commissioner said the state was able to set up an e-learning centre designed to improve the quality of education in all institutions of learning. "The e-learning centre seeks to improve access to information for various research activities and serves as a hub to stimulate innovations and entrepreneurship," he said.
Features of the centre include e-library facilities for children and adults, e-books and reference library, science exhibition hall, meeting rooms and video conferencing facilities.
He listed upcoming projects of the state to include the establishment of forensic laboratory, the renewable energy initiatives, and the Lagos smart city project among others.
According to him, the state government had approved the establishment of a world-class forensic laboratory to assist the security agencies and judiciary in properly investigating crimes and bringing the perpetrators to book. Its features are purpose-built crime laboratory, purpose-built forensic laboratory and data centre for easy retrieval of collected evidence or data.
The renewable energy initiatives space is a totality off-grid sustainable workforce workspace and mobile solar generator made up of four major components, he said, adding that the Lagos smart city is being proposed as a more intelligent way of managing the States' resources as a global city where technology, collaboration and networking connects everyone, everywhere. A pilot of the concept known as i-HQ has been approved and will be implemented over the next twelve months in Yaba area of the state, Mabadeje said.
He listed some of its benefits to include stimulating innovation and creating a platform to encourage commercially innovative ideas.