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Communications ministry donates IT hubs to UNILAG

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The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, has handed over Information Technology (IT) hubs to the University Of Lagos (UNILAG) in support of economic growth through capacity building and digital job creation.

The minister in charge of the ministry, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, during a virtual handover and commissioning of five other IT hubs around the country, said the aim of the digital economy is to integrate all sectors into technology, saying digital technology would help youths to expand intellectual curiosity.

Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, while commissioning the building on behalf of Pantami, said the intervention was in line with the mandate of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to aid the development of Nigeria’s economy through digital technology.

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He said the Hub is a solar powered IT Centre equipped with computers, Internet connectivity and tools designed to create a platform where technology, business, innovation and entrepreneurship are nurtured.

The hubs are fully equipped with both networking and computing devices to support the complete state-of-the-art Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) production machines and would develop competency for local production of PCB devices and other downstream components of the IT goods.

He further noted: “Through the use of the IT Hubs, Nigeria is poised to achieve diversification of the nation’s economy through local production of IT tools and services, meet the expectation of high demand for skilled manpower by generating a steady stream of suitably skilled graduates, each hub will serve as regional hubs for next generation IT research and incubation projects and also capture value by commercialising IT products and services.

“As a long-term objective, the hubs will create self-sustaining ecosystems that will expedite the development of an indigenous IT industry and help Nigeria transform herself into knowledge-based society, bridging the gap between government, academia and the private sector by focusing on the development of local talent through research and business ideation and promotion.”

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