Governor Udom Emmanuel Says “StartUp Friday” Will Place Akwa Ibom In The ICT Map Of Africa
Sunday, March 11th, 2018 | News
The State governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has said that the ICT programme, “StartUp Friday “hosted in Uyo will place Akwa Ibom in the ICT map in Africa.
Mr. Udom Emmanuel said this while speaking at “StartUp Friday “, an ICT innovation and entrepreneurship event organised by the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Abuja, a subsidiary of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
The governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Prof. Nse Essien commended the organisers for bringing the event to Uyo and called for synergy between NITDA and the State government in advancing technological innovations and entrepreneurship.
He said Akwa Ibom has a vibrant ICT community and advised startups, investors, mentors and other ICT stakeholders in the State to take advantage of the event.
The Director General of NITDA, Dr. Isa Pantami said “StartUp Friday “in Uyo was the fourth in the series after Kaduna, Lagos and Gombe since he assumed duties.
Dr. Pantami who stated that the event was brought to Uyo because of the presence of an active ICT community announced a donation of a digital job creation centre for the State to be sited at Government Secondary School, Afaha Eket and pledged to offer more assistance to the State in the development of ICT.
He said “StartUp Friday “was aimed at identifying young ICT innovators and entrepreneurs for support.
In a pitching competition that was participated by ten ICT startups, budgetier led by Damilola Omoyiwola emerged first position carting away a star prize money of three hundred thousand naira while unicorn.ng placed second and touchable pictures placed third and were awarded with two hundred thousand naira and one hundred thousand naira respectively.
The Vice President of Internet Society, Nigerian Chapter, Prince Iniobong Eka and the President of National Association of Computer Science Students, University of Uyo Chapter, Ms. Salvation Peter presented goodwill messages at the event.
Below is the event in pictures