Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State says that Lagos and U.S. tech giant Microsoft are working together to use technology in addressing security challenges in the state.
Governor Ambode disclosed this when Mr. Jean-Philippe Courtois, President of Microsoft International paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja.[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”right” arrow=”yes”]Noting that technology will make the city globally competitive, the Ambode says “we are also aware that technology will drive us to the point where we really want to make Lagos a globally-competitive city and so for Microsoft to come to partner with us is a thing of joy.”[/quote]
Ambode says his administration plans to take full advantage of existing cooperation between the Lagos State Government and Microsoft and use technology to engender more efficient and prompt service delivery to Lagosians.
“I want to let you know that the areas that you have spoken about are areas that are of interest to this administration. I am very high on wanting to see major issues that relate to security and judicial sector reforms and again beyond the fact that when you put a whole lot of things in place”, Ambode says.
“Like we said, we need to scale up this relationship and I know that your coming personally is a pointer in that direction”, the Governor told the Microsoft exec.
”I want to give our commitment to you that whatever it is that we can do together, we would do it, and we would improve on it and also make sure that we deliver it on time so that more people can get our services in a better way and we can become more efficient”, he adds.
Noting that technology will make the city globally competitive, the Ambode says “we are also aware that technology will drive us to the point where we really want to make Lagos a globally-competitive city and so for Microsoft to come to partner with us is a thing of joy.”
The Governor told the visiting Microsoft team that, “I want to commend you for making this visit for also opening up to our officials here, that whatever it is that is in the scale of business here that we have taken, this is the time now to take advantage of this particular visit in the areas of judicial sector reforms, safety and other areas of delivering services to our people in a more faster and efficient way.”
Jean-Philippe Courtois in response acknowledged that his visit to Lagos was to improve on the existing relationship with the Lagos State government and also open up other areas for stronger cooperation in the future in several sectors including citizens’ engagement, efficiency and transparency across the Ministries Departments and Agencies, tax collection, judicial as well as security reforms.
“I know that you are someone very eager to get the best equipment for police and the people in charge of basically safety. This is one area I would like us to share some best practices we have across the world including the U.S,, Brazil, where we are doing all the work to ensure that people coming for the 2016 Olympics do not worry about security and I think that there is a lot we can share with a very large city like Lagos and hopefully help you achieve some of your goals”, Courtois said.
The Microsoft President however thanked the Governor and his team for the partnership and adds that, “I want you to really get the confirmation at my level that the company is very committed to support and help you, lending some of those innovations with your organisation.”