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Only govt, citizens’ determination can make smart cities work in Nigeria -ICT expert

FAVOUR SHUAIB, Abuja

An Information Communications Technology (ICT) expert, Mr. Nurudeen Hammanyero, has said it was possible for Nigeria especially Abuja to achieve smart city, if government is committed and the citizens are determined to make it work.

Hammanyero, who is the Chairman Khairu Technology, made this known in Abuja at the training of senior staff of Department of Information and Communications FCT on the advantages of running a Smart City.

He, however, stated that making Abuja a smart city would address many challenges, particularly corruption, saying, “You know your government is running, you don’t need to suffer to get any information from the government.

According to him, “When you talk about corruption, there is need for the government to create awareness to the citizens to embrace good governance to help the government to run without any corruption. Some people even practice corruption without knowing they are practising it. The government must create awareness from the grassroots to the top that is all what corruption is all about”.

He further aid: “A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate multiple ICT solutions in a secured fashion to manage a city asset which include but not limited to local department information  system schools, libraries, transportation system, hospitals,  power plants, water supply network,  waste ,an age mentioned,  law enforcement and other communication services. “

A smart city is a municipality (settlement), that uses ICT to increase operational efficiency,  share information with public and improve both quality of  governments services and citizens welfare.

it is designation given to a city that incorporates ICT to enhances the utility and performance of urban services such as energy, transportation and utilities in order to reduce resources consumption wastage and overall cost.

Mr. Hammanyero noted that some of the government agencies like health, agriculture, communication and individuals, have already attain some levels of electronic development.

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