NHub’s boss to head Plateau’s new IT agency
The Chief Executive Officer of nHub an ICT outlet based in Jos, the Plateau State Capital, Daser David, has been appointed as the pioneer Director-General of the newly established Plateau State Information Technology Agency (PSITA).
The appointment by the Executive Governor of Plateau State, His Excellency Simon Bako Lalong was announced through a statement signed by the Acting Secretary to the State Government, Richard D. Tokma and it takes immediate effect.
David’s appointment is seen as a progress by the Plateau State Government on its commitment to developing the economy with ICTs. According to observers of the state, the establishment of PSITA and appointment a young and dynamic DG will set a new pace for Plateau’s economic growth.
First created in under the former administration of Governor David Jonah Jang, the agency lacked the legislative backing to operate as a legal entity then. However, the State House of Assembly finally passed the law establishing the agency months back to also ignite Governor Lalong’s search for a young, credible director general.
A tech enthusiast and passionate techpreneur, David as the pioneer CEO will be leading the new agency through its initial growth curve, pursue a workable framework to make Plateau State a technology and innovation hub as well as work with government and other stakeholders to attract technology investment into the state.
A graduate of Biochemistry from the University of Jos, Daser has had a vertical career change to become a software engineer since leaving school to pursue his passion in IT leading to his establishment of the first innovation hub in northern Nigeria; Nhub.
With Nhub, David has been able to build both a tech solution company and a skill acquisition space for thousands of young people veering into tech entrepreneurship. David has consulted on IT for the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Air Force including a number of public and private sector players.
He is a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Technology & Creativity chaired by Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo. The council is set up to provide specific solutions to several technology and creativity challenges in the country and help foster the advancement of the country’s entertainment and technology ecosystems. It consists of some of Nigeria’s brightest minds in the media, entrepreneurship, technology and creativity.
In Jos, NHUb has helped to foster a steadily growing innovation industry that targets young people and how they can function in the 21st workplaces. Since 2014, the hub annually hosts the “HackJos” conference and hackathon – software competition in northern Nigeria and has recorded the participation of notable bodies such as the Industrial Training Funds (ITF), and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).