Sanwo-Olu is Committed to Positioning Lagos as Africa’s Premier Digital Hub

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The ground-breaking ceremony of NXTRA by Airtel Data Centre, held yesterday at the Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state said his government is committed to positioning Lagos as a premier digital hub in Africa.

In a statement, the governor said the event was not merely the construction of a facility, but also the dawn of a new era in data control, security, and preservation throughout Africa.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the data centre which is expected to commence operations by the third quarter of 2025, will not only symbolise Nigeria’s progress but also serve as a crucial pillar in realising the nation’s digital aspirations.

He said: “This initiative resonates with my administration’s goal of making Lagos a 21st Century Economy, and I welcome this collaboration between Airtel Africa and the Lagos State government towards achieving a transformative digital leap for Nigeria.

“This Data Centre, with its substantial capacity, will unlock vast potential across various sectors – from nurturing innovation in tech startups to enhancing government service efficiency. It will generate employment, attract investments, and position Lagos as a premier digital hub in Africa.

“Today’s groundbreaking ceremony marks not just the commencement of construction but the initiation of a new narrative. It is a narrative propelled by collaboration, innovation, and a shared commitment to a prosperous digital future.”

Sanwo-Olu appreciated Airtel for building the Data Centre in Lagos and said: “Airtel Africa, through NXTRA, has emerged as a trailblazer in constructing cutting-edge data centre facilities across the continent.

“Their commitment to the highest standards in data management, technological innovation, and extensive network infrastructure is truly commendable.

“With a total capacity of 180 MW distributed across 13 major Data Centres and over 48 Edge Data Centers, NXTRA is poised to redefine data storage and accessibility in Africa.

“This Data Centre aims to establish a secure control hub for data storage and management within Africa, meet the escalating demand for cloud services and data consumption in Nigeria and beyond, while contributing to the digital economy by providing scalable infrastructure for businesses and government services.

“I commend Airtel Africa and NXTRA for their dedication to Nigeria and Africa. The Lagos State Government stands steadfastly behind this project, offering unwavering support to ensure its successful realisation.”

He also congratulated the outgoing Group CEO, Airtel Africa, Dr. Segun Ogunsanya, for his immeasurable contributions to the growth of Airtel’s digital infrastructure in Africa.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani said the Tinubu administration is committed to using technology to deepen productivity, especially in key sectors. He also noted that the data centre was important for the future; adding that the federal government will continue to support the tech industry.

Dr. Ogunsanya said he is proud of the excellent work Sanwo-Olu is doing in Lagos State; that the data centre will provide 1,000 jobs in 24 months of its construction, as well as 250,000 jobs when completed.

He said the groundbreaking of the NXTRA by Airtel Data Centre symbolises a step forward in enhancing data control, security, and preservation across Africa, as well as the construction of Nigeria’s largest data centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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