Nigeria: Edo State gets innovation hub
Nigeria’s Edo State government, has announced the launch of a state-backed innovation hub. The state partnered with tech companies, Microsoft and Siemens through its skills development arm Edojobs. The partnership will equip youths with skills and expertise to drive inclusive growth and development.
Edo Innovation Hub, will be located at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) in Benin. It will train over 1,000 youths based on their interest in data management, programming, basic digital skills, and artificial intelligence.
Governor Godwin Obaseki said the innovation hub will serve as a facility for training youths in the state and as a centre for follow-up training for youths, who are participating in similar training programmes organised by the state government through its skills development arm, popularly known as EdoJobs.
The Innovation Hub would be equipped with thousands of computers supported with high-speed connectivity. The innovation hub is expected to play a major role in facilitating the realization of Obaseki’s campaign promise to put an end to unemployment in Edo State by providing 200,000 jobs.
The governor said, “Services on offer by the firms include an incubation and pre-incubation programme, acceleration programme, business clinics and co-working facilities.
“Innovation Hub will be equipped with thousands of computers supported with high-speed connectivity. It is expected to play a major role in the realisation of Obaseki’s campaign promise to put an end to unemployment in Edo State by providing 200,000 jobs.”
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