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GIZ, Ondo State, ECA partner to groom techprenuers

By Benjamin Alade
12 December 2018   |   4:02 am
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Ondo State Government and Emerging Communities Africa (ECA) -a tech NGO...

[FILES] Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu. Photo/Twitter/GOVONDO

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Ondo State Government and Emerging Communities Africa (ECA) -a tech NGO have collaborated to groom tech entrepreneurs in Ondo state.

The collaboration, which is driven by ‘Make-IT in Africa’, a programme GIZ is implementing on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) will help deepen the capacity of technprenuers in the state.

The ‘Make-IT in Africa’ is working with over 30 corporate and financing partners, social enterprises and tech hubs to support in creating an enabling environment for young entrepreneurs to easily access finance, markets, and skills.

Regional Coordinator for Make-IT in Africa, Chiemelie Umenyiora in a statement made available to The Guardian, said: “Make-IT is already prioritizing interventions on the policy level with relation to our work with the National Technology Development Agency to support policies that would drive entrepreneurship and innovation in Nigeria.”

“The EmergeOndo Hackathon will be the first of its kind in the state and we’re keen to see what solutions come from the public and how these solutions would be implemented by the state,” Umenyiora said.

Following the incubation period, the Ondo State government aims to adopt the solution across relevant agencies, the statement said.

In his remarks Governor, Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, said: “The innovation in governance hackathon is a great avenue for us to unleash the youthful innovative energy of the state and harness it towards our collective growth and development.

This, first of its kind event in our state and its intends to bring all stakeholders to address four thematic areas which address most of the cardinal points of this administration in particular; job creation through agriculture, entrepreneurship and industrialization and provision of functional education and technological growth.”

“Our administration’s drive to become change evangelists, inclusive with the zeal to entrench long lasting change in Ondo state is what compels us to see this hackathon initiative through and we guarantee the prompt adoption of all reasonable outcomes from the event.

“I welcome all guests from all parts of Ondo and Nigeria to join in the deliberation which we are sure will produce impactful change, because changing the lives of our people is a goal worthy of our best efforts,” the governor said.