Smart Cities: ICT Firm Urges FG to Improve Infrastructure, Power


Mr Samanvay Shrivasta, the Manager Sales, Bio-Enable Technologies Private Ltd., an ICT company has urged the Federal Government to improve infrastructure and power to the actualise the smart city ambition, reports Sundiapost.

Shrivasta gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday on sidelines of Smart City Summit organised by the Federal Ministry of Communication in Abuja.

The theme of the two-day event is “ Leveraging on Technology Solution to Improve Eminency of Cities“.

He said that Nigeria has the potential to excel and accomplishment the vision of building smart cities.

Shrivasta said that such achievement would upgrade IT application in the country.

“There is no country in the world that has smart city without an efficient and regular supply of power combined with robust infrastructure in place,’’ he said.

He highlighted the features of smart city to include, smart bin monitoring, handheld terminal solution for ticketing and fares, smart parking management, mobile app, environment monitoring system and variable messaging display.

Others include energy management system, public address system, and emergency box.

Mr Rex Abitogun, the Lead Consultant Management Edge Ltd. said that it would take political will for the country to develop smart cities in the county.

He described the event as an excellent one that came at the right time, adding that the it would serve as a benchmark to develop the national goals.

He said that the outcome of the meeting would give guidelines for ICT usage as it applied to smart city.

“ The population of the nation is growing every day; we just have to key in into the process of collecting, analysing and application of data.

“The only thing that can be a challenge is the political will. If there is political will, power and infrastructure can easily be improved appropriately, “ he said.

Abitogun urged all Nigerians to key in to ongoing initiative, adding that collective efforts could assist Nigeria to join the league of countries with smart cities by the next 15 years.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the Smart Cities Summit initiative Nigeria (SCSN) is driven by the Federal Ministry of Communications in partnership with Afritex Initative, an ICT firm.

It is designed to bring city administrators, urban developers and emerging innovations together to develop scalable, replicable and measurable solutions to enhance resilience of Nigerian cities.

The two-day summit brought together multi-stakeholders that will among others take a critical look at the preparedness, unique challenges and emerging solutions necessary for sustainable smart city initiative in Nigeria.

The stakeholders participating at the summit include Huawei Nigeria, Hwelett Packard, Galaxy Backbone, MainOne Nigeria, SmartCities Plc.


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