The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has recently inaugurated a state–of–the–art innovation and technology workroom built for creative young people by the lawmaker representing the Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator Tokunbo Abiru.
The was disclosed in a statement by the said Governor, Sanwo-Olu on Friday formally inaugurated the SAIL Innovation Lab built at Ebute Ipakodo axis of Ikorodu to inspire grassroots innovation and build a network of tech-savvy young entrepreneurs that would use their expertise to solve real socio-economic problems and transform the State.
He said, ‘’The lab offers a unique community innovation workspace for tech start-ups to inspire grassroots innovation and build partnerships to prosperity. Its ambience provides a comfortable and safe environment for exploring innovative ideas and training cohorts in basic foundations of ICT and cross-functional programmes.
‘’Unveiling the project, Sanwo-Olu described the SAIL lab as a “game changer” that would amplify the narrative of technological evolution in Lagos. He said the lab would not only provide modern tech skills to cohorts being trained in the facility, but he also added that the innovative ideas that would be patented in the lab would enhance the profile of the State as a hub of technology in sub-Saharan Africa.
’The Governor said such grassroots innovation workspace needed to be replicated across divisions in the State to create more access for ingenious youths willing to pursue careers in ICT and STEM.’’
‘’He said: Africa missed the first Industrial Revolution, we also missed the second. We started with the Third Industrial Revolution at the tail end. We don’t have any excuse not to be key stakeholders in the coming Fourth and Fifth Industrial Revolution, because it is the technology that will give up the leapfrog and make a young person sitting in Ikorodu compete with his peers across innovation capitals of the world.
“Technology is the only tool that will give us the opportunity to create our own unique solutions to problems we face and position our country as key players in the global technology market. I am excited that the SAIL Innovation Lab will be providing more opportunities for our young people to learn, relearn and grow their skills in the tech space and build a prosperous future for not only themselves but also our dear country. I congratulate Sen. Abiru and his wife for this wonderful intervention.”