Edo Partners with the Federal Government to Launch the South-South Innovation Hub

The Edo State government in partnership with the Federal Government and several private sector partners have launched the South-South Innovation Hub in Benin City.
The hub expected to host over 20 information communication technology enterprises is geared towards training young people in skills acquisition, re-skilling, relearning and building socio-economic solutions that can ensure development of the society. The hub will also be a foundational base to spur innovation and technology advancement in the region.

A cross section view of the South South Innovation Hub/ Coworking Space
A cross section view of the South South Innovation Hub/ Coworking Space

At the inauguration of the Hub on Thursday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who did the honours of cutting the ribbons emphasised that the initiative is geared towards creating employment opportunities for the people of Benin and other areas in the region. While inspecting the facility alongside the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki and led by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Job creation and Skills development, Ukinebo Dare; the Vice President explained that the innovation hub is targeted at growing the economy of the region with the advancement of technology.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arriving the South South Innovation Hub alongside Governor Godwin Obaseki
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arriving the South South Innovation Hub alongside Governor Godwin Obaseki

Osinbajo, who was visibly impressed by the efforts and solutions that will be at the hub,  charged the people in the zone to take advantage of the innovation to end youth restiveness, have the right innovative ideas and skills that will help the country needed to grow technologically to meet up with recent trends and compete favourably with other developed nations.

Some of the partners at the hub include the Nigerian Women Techsters ( A Microsoft sponsored initiative by Tech4Dev),Curators University, Slot Foundation and a host of other multinational and indigenous private sector partners.

 

Outcomes Advisor Coven Labs and Philanthropies Lead at Microsoft, Sola Amusan, explaining the activities of the Curators University to Vice President Osinbajo
Outcomes Advisor Coven Labs and Philanthropies Lead at Microsoft, Sola Amusan explaining the activities of the Curators University to Vice President Osinbajo
A cross section of participants at the Tech4Dev Hub where NWT(in a Microsoft Supported Project) will train over 200 women in Edo State.
As Technology continues to evolve and increasingly become a tool for socio-economic development, more and more relevant stakeholders are leveraging the available opportunities. From the quality of facilities and proposed partnership for the south south hub; there is a budding energy for the rise of an Emerging technology community in Benin City and the region and it will be interesting to see how the youths in the area maximise these opportunities.

 

Opeyemi Olugbemiro

Your tech story amazes me. When you think of a tech innovation that makes life better, you've caught my attention. #SerialOptimist Contact: opeyemi@zumalo.com

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