MainOne Partners Ogun on Smart City Devt, 250km Optic Fibre


Emma Okonji

Communications Service and Network Solutions Company, MainOne, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ogun State government to build 250 kilometres of optic fibre cable to further enhance internet connectivity for service institutions in commercial areas of the state, with a view to building a smart city state.

Secretary to Ogun State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, explained at the signing that technological infrastructure was part of the efforts of the government to take the state on the technological highway, and pave the way for smart city development in Ogun State.

According to Adeoluwa, MainOne would invest in building broadband infrastructure in Ogun State while Ogun State Government would enable ICT development by ensuring free Right of Way (RoW) to the company to ensure the success of the project.

Adeoluwa who also hinted that the agreement would ensure the construction of data centre in Sagamu interchange, said the target of the government was for Lagos to be feeding on Ogun. “We have been working hard and desperate to leave a system-driven environment. The MoU we have signed in the short term is for 30-year tenure and that would tell you we’ve not done it for ourselves but for the benefit of Ogun State, our youths and children unborn.

“Today, we are taking Ogun State to the next level, people still have no idea of what is erupting at the Business District but we what are doing now is in line with our resolve to deploy bigger infrastructure to support technological investors in the state. MainOne would be giving us points in 12 locations now; our model schools would be connected, the secretariat would be connected and other public buildings,’’ Adeoluwa noted.

With the partnership between MainOne and Ogun State, the state has joined the smart city state train and is poised to enable its emergence as a leading technology hub in Nigeria, similar to MainOne’s initiatives in Yaba’s innovation hub. Experts believe the project will greatly improve quality of life for Ogun indigenes and accelerate the digital transformation of businesses across the state.