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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo PHOTO: NOVO ISIORO

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said the Federal Government is including technology start-ups and businesses in the list of businesses eligible for tax holidays.

Osinbajo spoke in Lagos while inaugurating Vibranium Valley, a hub for technology and innovation start-ups described as the largest in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Vice President said Vibranium Valley, established by Venture Garden Group, could become Nigeria’s next innovation cluster housing tech firms devoted to talent, data and entrepreneurship.

Vibranium Valley, located within the expansive grounds of the former Concord Newspaper Headquarters in Ikeja, consists of “world-class office spaces” fully furnished to meet the needs of up to 50 tech start-ups.

According to Bunmi Akinyemiju, the firm’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and its Executive Director Kunmi Demuren, the “Campus” already houses “over 20 tech-driven companies.”

The Vice President, who delivered a keynote address on ‘The role of technology and entrepreneurship in nation building’, praised tech innovators for providing “technology-driven solutions to some of the most difficult development problems confronting us today.”

Osinbajo said: “Today’s event is devoted to talent, data and entrepreneurship. These three things represent the Vibranium of Africa.

“Vibranium Valley, similar to Yaba, could be the next innovation cluster where mature tech companies can be housed, to drive the industrial revolution, and exports of ‘innovation’ for the country.

“On the part of government, we are putting our money where our mouth is. We believe it is our role to provide the environment where innovation can thrive, so, we are including technology start-ups and businesses in our list of businesses eligible for pioneer status and that means tax holidays.


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