By Bright Bassey
Cross River Government and Huawei technology Of China Tuesday signed a contract to make Calabar the first smart city in Nigeria.
Governor Ben Ayade, said this latest development will precede the full digitalization of the entire state. He further disclosed the smart city project will provide cheap WiFi services in the state capital
Ayade disclosed further that the smart city project will ensure availability of cheap wifi services everywhere in Calabar.
“This will be the first time that data would be provided from the cloud. With this digital cloud, it will offer opportunity to get information with ease and comfort, including boosting research and academic works.
“The project which is in partnership with Huawei of China, the equipment manufacturer, with Sino Infrastructure Development Company Limited as the technical partner in Nigeria for the project,” Ayade said..
Governor Ayade commended the efforts of the Chinese firm for being open-minded to do business with the state and offering to sponsor some aspects of the 2016 Calabar Carnival.
The Managing Director of Sino Infrastructure Development Company, Li Yamping in response to the governor said his firm was happy to collaborate with the Cross River State Government policy to make it the number one digital state in Africa