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.
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.
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.
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.