Lagos to Provide Free, Secure WiFi for its Residents


The Lagos State Government has made known its plans to install free, secure WiFi in parks, public schools and bus terminals, to aid its residents accessibility to information and enhance social activities.

This plan was made known by the State’s Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Hakeem Fahm, at the ongoing ministerial press briefing in commemoration of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s third year in office.

He stated that the free public WiFi at the state’s Parks and Gardens would be secured by Wireless Protected Access (WPA – a security standard for users of computing devices equipped with wireless internet connection that provides sophisticated data encryption and secure user authentication).

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Also according to Mr. Hakeem, the free WiFi is already being provided to residents at three selected parks and gardens. The parks includes – Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Ikeja, Muri-Okunola Park, Victoria Island and Johnson Jakande Tinubu Park, Ikeja. These parks make use of solar-powered panels to provide regular power supply.

This project represents a quick-win for Lagos State Government towards the vision of making Lagos a smart city and provides new ways for the public to enhance social and leisure activities. The government has plans to provide additional Wi-Fi access at bus terminals and other parks and gardens and schools. Wi-Fi can be anywhere now once funding is in place because we have the infrastructure already.

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The government is ready to partner with agencies to look at the value-added services available. It is already in discussion with Google to ensure that the wireless Internet connection would pay for itself with the aid of Google ads.

Who knows, some Nigerians might be planning on moving to Lagos as a result of this development.

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