World Smart Sustainable Cities Organisation (WeGO) has established Africa’s newest regional office in Nigeria’s capital city.
WeGO leverages on digital technology and connectivity to improve digital inclusion and to promote digital economic opportunities for city residents.
Speaking during the virtual opening of WeGO Africa Regional Office in Abuja, today, Kashifu Abdullahi Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), reaffirmed his commitment to work with WeGO and any public or private organizations to enhance the application of digital technologies in achieving measurable improvements to quality of lives and smart sustainable cities in Nigeria.
Abdullahi, represented by Dr. Vincent Olatunji, Director, e-Government Development and Regulation, explained that the agency has been in collaboration with WeGo on this project since 2016, while having a common goal towards increasing capacity in achieving smart sustainable development, and to drive Africa towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He elaborated on WeGo’s confidence in Nigeria, adding that Nigeria has the capacity to work collaboratively with other African Countries to drive the continent towards achieving its goals, “With the regional office of WeGo, it is our collective aspiration to build an effective network of digital transformation champions across the continent of Africa,” Abdullahi said.
Kyongyul Lee, WeGO Secretary General, appreciated the area council for accommodating its regional office. “Our vision is to create smart cities for all humanities, we want our Abuja office to lead an establishment of what is called Africa smart cities network, which is an association of like-minded citizens network.”
WeGO, established in 2010, WeGO is an international association of 210 city and other local governments, smart tech solution providers, and national and regional institutions committed to the worldwide transformation of cities into smart sustainable cities.
WeGO has four other regional offices that cover East Asia, Eurasia, the Mediterranean, and Latin America.