The Anambra State Governor, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo has commissioned the take-off centre of the Solution Innovation District (SID) in Awka, which will aid youths in the state to be kitted with various technology skills.

The Innovation District, which is a one-stop shop for youths in the areas of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, will provide training, incubation, and access to investment to spur the growth of the startup ecosystem in the State. The district provides access to high-speed internet, a steady power supply, conducive and serene environment for innovators, creators, and the digital tribe to thrive.

Performing the function, Governor Soludo congratulated the 20,000 Anambra youths who recently participated in the initial training programme of the Solution Innovation District, ‘LevelUp Anambra’ for acquiring various digital skills online.

The Governor thanked Microsoft and Wootlab Foundation for partnering with the State government to make the program a reality, revealing that the current Government House will become the permanent site of the Solution Innovation District once he moves into the new government house currently under construction.

He added that SID is a sign of the state government’s commitment to developing Anambra youths.

Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Governor of Anambra State (middle), Rt Hon Somto Udeze, Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly (left) and Chinwe Okoli, Special Adviser on Innovation and Business Incubation, during the unveiling of the centre

“The world may be going east or west, but Nigeria must go through necessary disruptive changes. The removal of subsidies and the floating of exchange rate are just some of these changes. It is quite auspicious that we are opening this district at this critical time.

“Our greatest resource is our human capital, and we want to mine it to its infinite elasticity. Only those who can see tomorrow. Only those who plan and work towards it can control the future. I ask our youths to look up to opportunities in these ongoing disruptive changes.

“In a digital age, human capital appreciates with continuous usage. We must keep on innovating and acquiring multiple scalable skills to control the future.

“We want the youths and children of ndi Anambra to be prepared for this future- invention, innovation, and technology,” Governor Soludo said.

“We must focus on tomorrow. The old order is gone, so let’s not cry to bring it back. We are empowering and training our youths to control the future and become champions of the world.

“Technology is our mantra. We want to get technology to become our culture. Everything is technology and technology is everywhere!

“The 0.01 criminals that cause a nuisance in our society cannot define us. They are completely insignificant,” the Governor stressed.

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Innovation and Business Incubation, Ms Chinwe Okoli thanked the Governor for his commitment in actualizing the vision which she explained is quite timely.

“Solution Innovation District is a platform for you to innovate, create, ideate, invent and give your talents the wings to fly. Yes, many of you here are a bundle of talents. You can create wonderful solutions and guess what? Now is the time with S.I.D. SID is a place where you Think outside the box, think even without a box, Think big and Explore your immense potential.

“At SID, we provide you steady power supply, high-speed internet, basic amenities, and clean and conducive office space for you to focus on building your dream solutions across sectors.”

“SID program includes business incubation, digital skills training, business acceleration, angel investment, and outsourcing of the best talents out of Anambra. We also have plans to democratize innovation through schools and SID mini hubs in various locations”

The Commissioner for Youth Development, Mr Patrick Agha Mba and the Commissioner for Industry, Mr Christian Udechukwu respectively said that the district is in line with Governor Soludo’s commitment to develop Anambra youths.

The best beneficiaries of the “Level Up Anambra” digital training were presented with laptops.

The Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Somtochukwu Udeze, Head of Service, Barr. Theodora Okwy Igwegbe, Chief Protocol Officer, Hon Chinedu Nwoye (Glamour) and other Members of Anambra State Executive Council, Members of Anambra State House of Assembly, Transition Committee Chairmen, among others attended the event.


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