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UK Govt seeks partnership with Lagos Govt to promote mobile financial services



The United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID) on Tuesday called for partnership with Lagos State Government in the area of science and technology innovation to promote mobile financial services.

Ms Harriett Baldwin, a Minister of State in DFID, made the call when she led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, at Alausa, Ikeja.

Baldwin said that UK Government would want high tech entrepreneurs in Nigeria, especially in Lagos to benefit from the 38 million pounds extension of Mobile for Development Programme.

According to her, Nigeria and Lagos have over 90 tech companies that are inspiring the whole of Africa.

“This is a programme working with GSM and mobile technology organisations to help develop financial services that can be delivered through the mobile phone.

“This is one of the most innovative areas in Africa at the moment.

“This is something that can help millions of people in the world and in Nigeria to do financial services and buy things online through their mobile phones.

“We hope to strengthen our relationship with the state government in this area to achieve your vision,” Baldwin said.

Responding, Hamzat lauded the programme, saying that it would be impactful in solving the challenges in Lagos State.

“It can help solve some problems in Lagos State, which will in turn solve a lot of Nigeria issues.

Edited by Olagoke Olatoye