In recent times, the startup community in Yaba has been attracting quite a lot of attention.
Earlier in 2016, the community welcomed Adebayo Shittu, the then newly appointed Minister of Communication. Then in August, Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg also paid the community a visit.
Earlier today Wednesday, Lagos state governor Ambode paid a courtesy visit to the CcHub.
Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State visited Yaba tech cluster and made a stop at the iDEA Hub and then talked to entrepreneurs at CcHub both on Herbert Macaulay way. In the tech hubs, he met with startup founders and tech entrepreneurs in general.
At the iDEA Hub the governor hinted at a government operated tech hub.
Speaking to the entrepreneurs, Akinwumi Ambode reiterated his supportive stand on innovative startups and businesses. During introductions and discourse, Femi Alonge of CcHub raised the issue of electric power being the biggest challenge startups in Lagos face.
One of the first things we did was to map out innovation clusters, and create a map connecting the dots on the Lagos Innovation Hotspots website.
He further implored the governor to put the entrepreneurs in his future plans.
We were led to believe the governor did not drop any hint of his visit so his visit was impromptu.
Governor Akinwumi Ambode is not the first government functionary to visit Yaba, last year the tech community hosted the Minister of Communications.
Expantiating on the tech hub that he hinted on at the iDEA Hub, Governor Ambode;
We were considering building incubators and tech hubs, but I am really satisfied with what I see here. I feel we do not need to capitalize and build government operated tech hubs, we can support the existing ones by providing infrastructure.
He talked about building a value chain with the youths were entrepreneurial skills gained are passed on. And how the government has not being forthcoming on seeing tech as an instrument to grow the economy.
I strongly believe technology is one of the most efficient tools to move Nigeria forward and we will work vigorously towards that goal with every support we can offer.
On the issue of power that Femi Longe raised, Governor Akinwumi Ambode sympathized with the entrepreneurs seated and shocked them further; he promised to add all the clusters to the Mainland Power.
Being that the Mainland Power serves electricity to public utilities, all the tech startups and business in Yaba will be classified henceforth as a public utility.
On complimenting the already existing efforts, the governor also promised a grant from the ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment for the startups.
To round off, the governor said his presence in Yaba is a prime indicator that the work being done by tech entrepreneurs in the state is having visible positive impact.