—TechX to launch ICT initiative in Enugu to curb poverty
YBTC News—In line with the federal government’s economic diversification policy as a result of the downturn of global value of oil to the non-oil sector as an alternative source of revenue, Technology Extra (TechX) is set to launch it’s ICT innovation Hub initiative on Tuesday 15th January, 2019 to help curb poverty in the country.
In a statement released by the founder TechX innovation hub/President African ICT foundation, Tony Ojobo, He said that a sponsored research conducted by the organization in 2016 to study the ICT ecosystem in the South East in order to determine the level of innovations and ICT penetration in the region, shows that the level of ICT penetration was very low owing to the unavailability of industries and organisations providing jobs to the increasing numbers of graduates in the region. Therefore to address this, it is very important to embrace technology as a way to tap into the ingenuity of the youths.
TechX, as a global organization he said is “is concerned with the slow adoption of technology in the developing countries especially Africa. Nigeria however, has the market, the people and local innovations that can disrupt business models around the world. We are on track to making this happen”.
With a four-point key focus areas namely; Awareness, access, adoption and application in its technological advancements, the organisation seeks to create a platform for people with ideas to incubate, startups, business developers, coders, programmers and techies to perfect and scale up their innovations through a structured mentoring process, training and knowledge development programs. This will however encompass the following; Coding, Gaming, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT’s) Robotics, Digital Innovations, Business Development, ICT Training, Software Development, Cyber Security, Digital Marketing etc.
Thereby providing creative alternative energy for youths to explore.
It is however pertinent to note that, the Information technology sector has been a major contributor to the gross domestic product of Nigeria with over 11% contributed from ICT initiatives in the last two years. It is on this note that Mr Tony Ojobo enjoined the Media, Regulators, Hub owners, Tertiary Institutions, State Governments, Federal Government. SME’s, Multilateral Agencies, Embassies, Equipment Manufacturers, Ministries Departments and Agencies and other important Stakeholders to make a collaborative effort to champion this course.
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