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Ugwuanyi urges NITDA to site office in Enugu

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has urged the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to consider siting its South East Zonal Office in the state, in view of its position as the zone’s historic capital as well as its educational and scientific potential.

Speaking during the opening of a five-day training programme for 50 Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) in Information Technology (IT) and Entrepreneurship, Ugwuanyi stressed that the request was also in line with his government’s passion and commitment to IT, innovation and youth empowerment.

Represented by the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Obi Kama, the governor disclosed that it was in line with this vision that his administration recently established the Enugu Technology Hub and Youth Innovation centres in Enugu Urban and Udenu Local Council, stressing that the unexpected outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) accelerated the transition to more digitally-enabled lifestyle and system of working globally.

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The training, taking place at the newly established Tech Hub and Youth Innovation Centre in Enugu Urban, is a partnership between the state government and NITDA.

Enugu tapped into the training, an initiative of Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy implemented by NITDA, is to empower PLWDs through IT entrepreneurship, policies and solutions to enable them live productively in the IT ecosystem.

Speaking further, the governor disclosed that the state government was taking a proactive step to create programmes for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) skills development to reduce the risk of massive labour substitution and endemic unemployment, especially in the COVID-19 era, by enabling the youth to leverage on the new entrepreneurial and economic opportunities associated with digital economy.

The NITDA Director-General was represented by Dr. Collins Agu, who expressed delight at Ugwuanyi administration’s commitment to the development of IT and youth empowerment in the state.

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