The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, has urged the National Assembly to make appropriate laws that will support investment in technology.
He observed that absence of such legislation had been discouraging investors from coming to Nigeria.
Hamzat said being home to the highest number of technology start-ups in Africa, with a huge population of technology-inclined youths, Nigeria stood a chance of making huge revenue from technology if the appropriate laws were put in place.
He stressed that appropriate legislation would, for instance, encourage the setting up of an international data centre in Nigeria, providing employment for many youths.
Hamzat, according to a statement on Thursday, spoke with members of the Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office at Alausa, Ikeja.
He said, “We, in Lagos State, clearly understand the need for science and technology; that is why we set up a fully-fledged ministry in 2002. We brought in knowledgeable people to establish and run it from the US.
“Lagos State is developing a 3,000km fibre optic duct that can be leased to private sector to forestall indiscriminate building of infrastructure by private people.”
He said the state was also working on “digital photoing” which could be used by the police “to free up space occupied by vehicles kept around their premises as evidence.”
Earlier, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, Senator Yakubu Oseni, told Hamzat that the committee was concerned about the rising rate of cybercrimes in Nigeria.