The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms Catriona Laing, on Friday
met with Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to discuss
bilateral partnership, which focused on three key areas of common
interest – technology-driven water transportation, investment and smart
The governor, in company of his deputy, Dr.
Obafemi Hamzat, received the British envoy and her entourage in his
office for the bilateral meeting, which was held behind closed doors.
The envoy said the meeting was necessary, as it was in continuation of a
dialogue with Lagos State government on areas of partnership.
reporters after the meeting, Ms Laing said discussion with the governor
and his deputy focused on strategies to be adopted by the Lagos
government and private sector partners to enable Lagos realise its
aspirations to be a leading city in technology and innovation on the
She said: “There are three topics in
particular that we discussed. The first is around the Governor’s vision
and how the United Kingdom (UK) can support Lagos to achieve that
vision. Technology is changing the world. Lagos is one of the few
city-states in Africa that is well positioned to take advantage of the
fourth industrial revolution around innovation, robotics and artificial
“The governor is very clear on achieving this
objective. He said his job is to provide necessary infrastructure,
particularly power and broadband. At the back of that, the private
sector will come in and support in that aspiration.”
said there was a discussion around the African Investment Summit holding
in London next January in which 20 African countries, including
Nigeria, would be participating. The summit, she said, would come with
significant benefits for Lagos, because of unrestrained access to
investors and finance.