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Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has urged the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to consider siting its South-East Zonal Office in Enugu.
According to the governor, this in view of the state’s background as the historic capital of the zone and its inherent potentials as an educational and scientific centre.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of a 5-day training programme for 50 Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) in Information Technology (IT) and Entrepreneurship, Gov. Ugwuanyi, who spoke through his Commissioner for Science and Technology, Hon. Obi Kama stressed that the request was also in line with the state government’s passion and commitment to IT, innovation and youth empowerment.
The governor disclosed that it was in line with this vision that his administration recently established the Enugu Technology Hub and Youth Innovation Centres in Enugu Urban and Obollo Afor, Udenu Local Government Area, stressing that the unexpected outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the transition to more digitally enabled lifestyles and system of working globally.
The entrepreneurial training, which is taking place at the Enugu State newly established Tech Hub and Youth Innovation Centre in Enugu, is a partnership programme between Enugu State Government and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
Enugu State tapped into the training which is an initiative of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy led by the Minister, by Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) and being implemented by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), to empower PLWDs through IT entrepreneurship, policies and solutions to enable them to live productively with a good sense of inclusion in the IT ecosystem, their immediate society and the country.
Speaking further, the governor disclosed that the state government is taking a proactive step to create programmes for Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) skills development to reduce the risk of massive labour substitution and endemic unemployment, especially in this COVID-19 era, by enabling the youth to leverage on the new entrepreneurial and economic opportunities associated with the digital economy.
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