By Kester Omu
Nigerian Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that the Fedreal Government has set machineries in place to build technology hubs across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
Osinbajo, who stated this at the Student Innovation Challenge (SIC) South West regional demo day held at the University of Lagos recently, said the move is part of government’s effort to leverage technology to drive and support youth entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
“For us to shape the future of our country, we must look the way of technology. The world’s economy is now knowledged based. Nigeria cannot be left out. This is why we have decided to build technology hubs in the six geopolitical zones starting at the University of Lagos,” he said.
Speaking on the choice of University of Lagos, Osinbajo said the universities are the best place to get the very best talents, disclosing that the Federal Government decided to partner with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the BOI, MTN and other agencies to organise the student challenge to find the best of students’ innovation, technology ideas, creative ideas from students across Nigeria.
He explained that the essesce is to gather great ideas as much as possible for them to get a chance to be supported or tested commercially.