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FG holds smart cities summit in Abuja

The Federal Government is set to hold Smart Cities Nigeria 2017 Conference as parts of its efforts in providing a forum for stakeholders to discuss and deliberate on some of the most challenging issues confronting Nigeria as a country.

The Nigeria Smart City Initiative (NSCI), which is driven by the Federal Ministry of Communications in partnership with AFRITEX initiative, is designed to bring city administrators, urban developers and measurable solutions with the goal of enhancing the liveability and resilience of Nigerian cities.

The 2-day conference scheduled to hold between 8th and 9th of August at the Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton Hotels, Abuja FCT, Nigeria, is expected to identify solutions, make proposals and develop key innovations towards sustainable smart cities in Nigeria.

A statement from the Smart City Initiative stated: “As we witness more urban migration from the rural areas, the pressure on scarce and limited infrastructure in our cities become apparent. Our actions now, or inaction, sadly, will shape how we interrelate with our environment. Transforming our environment to ‘smart cities’ therefore is not a choice but a necessity.”

The event which will be widely attended by key decision makers and stakeholders in the country such as Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (GCON), Acting President, The Federal Republic of Nigeria and Special Guest of Honour for the event and Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, Minister, Federal Ministry of Communications and Chief Host for the event, is sponsored by key technology solution providers in the Country.

Hewlett Packard Enterprises Nigeria (HPE Nigeria), a Gold Sponsor of the event also joins hands with the Federal Ministry of Communications in this initiative that will strategically articulate the attributes of Next Generation Nigeria.

The Country Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprises Nigeria (HPE Nigeria), Mr. Chuks Okpaka shall be delivering a plenary session to elucidate the new possibilities and potentials when technology solution providers include Usability and Accessibility features as a critical design requirement for the smart cities initiatives. HPE infrastructure portfolio includes critical components required for a sustainable smart city project. Today, HPE’s focus is on delivery hybrid infrastructures for any type of application workload. Millions of customers in over 170 countries on six continents depend on HPE for Server/compute, Storage, Networking solutions, Cloud solutions, Software, Consulting, and Services to meet their daily business demands.

HPE engineering and innovative prowess delivers cutting-edge technology solutions that drive business and social values, help governments to improve the lives of their clients, and enable smarter cities across the globe. HPE Nigeria’s Gold Sponsorship of the Smart Cities 2017 Conference underpins the fact that our environment is undeniably shaped by emerging technologies.

The Smart City Initiative project is premised on public-private partnership model, with the private sector playing an active role in the drive and implementation of the various stages of the transformation.

The key aim of the Smart Cities Nigeria 2017 Conference is to provide additional structure and content for an all-inclusive Smart City Initiative for Nigeria, bringing all stakeholders together through a bottom up approach, to develop concise innovation solutions and long-term vision. The digital revolution which underlies the smart city concept has considerable potential to transform urban services and modes of city governance. The approach to smart city initiatives in any country therefore, is very critical and must be a well thought out process.

The participating states include Lagos State, Nasarawa State and Enugu State Government, and partnering institutions for the event being The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Federal Republic of Nigeria; Federal Ministry of Environment; Abuja Federal Capital Territory Administration; and several dignitaries as speakers and special guests of honour.

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