The need to embrace e-governance in Lagos State dominated discussion during a courtesy visit by expatriates from Sehangor Darul Ehsan in Malaysia to the Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef in Lagos.
Led by Chief Executive Officer Emerging Market of the Heitech Global Services, Mr Osman Ali Hamzah, the expatriates observed that the present administration in the state had recorded tremendous achievements in delivering dividends of democracy to the populace.
Proposing an all round e-governance in all sectors to the state, Hamzah said his organisation was ready to partner with the state government to achieve the task.
“We are from Malaysia, Lagos is a good place to be and the government has done much but e-governance will reduce the cost of governance and also enhance sustainable development, if embraced”.
Hamzah, who was accompanied by Mr Mohd Khary Maldin of the Malaysia High Commission and other team members emphasised that e-governance aid rapid socio economic development where it is effectively used.
Response, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, AbdulLateef thanked the delegation for the visit, noting that Lagos State remain committed to public private partnership at all times.
He said: “adding value to standard of living of Lagosians, irrespective of their cultural background, is our priority.
“That is why we believe in Public Private Partnership”.
The commissioner expressed appreciation to the delegation for their interest in partnering with Lagos.
He maintained that Malaysia stood out due to her sincere committed leadership to transform the country.
“ Malaysia has become a country to behold.
“I remember Malaysia and Nigeria started the journey together many years back but they have move faster than us.
“They picked palm kernel seed from Nigeria and today, they have become the largest producer of palm oil, ” AbdulLateef said.