Communications minister applauds Delta Innovation Hub

The Minister also stated that as a result of a recent trip to the Silicon Valley, the Ministry is currently exploring a partnership that will assess the current state of our ecosystem

Barr. Adebayo Shittu is the newly appointed Minister of Communication

Media reports reveal that Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications, has stated that the  Federal Government is ready to do everything possible for the provision of effective support for innovation Hubs across the length and breadth of Nigeria.

According to a statement made by the Minister’s Special Assistant on Media, Victor Oluwadamilare, “If equitably established across the country, the innovation Hubs will provide unique opportunities for start-ups and SMEs to acquire important ICT skills, build key networks and access necessary funding."

According to Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, the minister, in a keynote address delivered at the public presentation of the Delta State Innovation Hub in Asaba on Monday said, “We, at the Federal Ministry of Communications, are keen to support you in this process. Our policies are geared towards using Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) as a catalyst for innovation in every sector of the economy."

Shittu stressed further saying, “A key part of my road-map is the establishment of new innovation hubs and support for existing ones as Innovation hubs serve as magnets for high-end thinkers and a birth place for ideas and channels for investment.

“They are crucial in the Federal Government’s drive to create jobs, generate wealth and increase revenue. We will keep our promise to create new hubs across the country and strengthen existing hubs for greater effectiveness. We are conscious of the need to support these hubs by creating a virile ICT Innovation Ecosystem within the country."

The Minister also stated that as a result of a recent trip to the Silicon Valley, the Ministry is currently exploring a partnership that will assess the current state of our ecosystem disclosing that the consultants will propose a framework for developing an ecosystem in line with global best practices capable of making ICT innovation become second nature to Nigerians, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek reports.

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