Lagos State Government Announces Yaba ICT Cluster project Take-Off
10 August 2018
The Lagos State Government (LASG) is pleased to announce the commencement of the Yaba ICT Cluster project, KITE@Yaba (KITE stands for “Knowledge, Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship”) to provide an enabling environment that will facilitate and support the development of a technology cluster and ecosystem within the Yaba District of Lagos. It is expected that this initiative will contribute significantly to the economic development of Nigeria and position Lagos State as the hub for innovation in Nigeria, and preferred destination for technology investors and innovators. Mr. Hakeem Fahm, the Honourable Commissioner for Science and Technology remarks that “KITE@Yaba is a public-private partnership (PPP), driven by the government and supported by several industry experts and advisors along the technology value chain”.
The project will proffer recommendations to the Lagos State Government on 8 critical areas to foster an enabling environment for innovation and entrepreneurship in information and communication technology namely Access to Funding; Access to Market & Demand; Infrastructure; Policy Regulation & Governance; Talent, Skills & Education; Research & Development; Network & Collaboration; and Advocacy & Marketing. KITE@Yaba also includes the design and construction of a world-class ICT Park for which LASG has already acquired 30,000 square meters of land in the Yaba area.
The project’s governance structure comprises a Project Steering Committee (PSC), an Industry Advisory Board (IAB), the Project Delivery team and Subject Matter Advisors. The PSC is co-chaired by the Honourable Commissioner for Science and Technology, Lagos State, Mr. Hakeem Fahm, and Dr. Omobola Johnson, former Minister for Communication and Technology and Senior Partner of TLcom Capital LLP, a technology venture capital firm. Other members of the steering committee include Mrs. Uzammat Akinbile-Yusuf, Honourable Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment; Mrs. Yetunde Onabule, Special Adviser on Urban Development; Mr. Abiodun Amokomowo, Chief Executive Officer, IBILE Holdings Limited; and Mr. Niyi Yusuf, Country Managing Director, Accenture. Accenture will provide project management office (PMO) support as Project Delivery Lead.