– Sunny Obidigbo
One of the cardinal objectives of the Federal Government is aimed at making Nigeria an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hub on the continent of Africa, Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo has said.
He stated this at the signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on ‘’ICT for Change Empowerment Programme’’ between the Federal Government and Huawei Technologies Co. Nig Ltd at the State House last weekend.
“We are looking at developing existing hubs and to see how we can empower those who are already working in the various ICT hubs,’’ Osinbajo said.
According to him, some of the ICT organisations were already growing into a silicon valley in Yaba, Lagos, and many people are engaged in programming and developing applications.
He said that the Federal Government would expand the scope of technology and incubate the start-ups of young people to advance ICT.
He said that the development of ICT was an opportunity for people to get quick and decent jobs to enhance their lives and the economy.
He commended the group for the partnership with the government, and assured that the government would work with it to achieve success.
The vice president said that the government was creating an opportunity to ease business for entrepreneurs, adding that the country must move up in the business index by opening up the market.
He said the Federal Government would encourage not only the selling of products but also their local manufacture so that the large population in the country could occupy the middle class.
He said that it was an opportunity for China to improve on its technology transfer, being a strategic partner with the Federal Government and that the effort would lead to greater prosperity for both China and Nigeria.
Osinbajo hailed the ladies who qualified to go to China for ICT training, saying that it was the objective of the administration to advance the girl-child education and women in business because of their large population. technologies for the manner it was advancing technology development globally, remarking that knowledge was key ‘’and only the knowledge society will succeed’’.
The vice president said he was excited about “certain attitude the young generation has about technology’’, adding
that it was time for young people to be trained to imbibe ICT and the entire technology field.