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Governor Emmanuel Seeks Partnership With Chinese Ict Firm

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has met with Officials of Huawei Technologies from the Peoples Republic of China to explore ways of partnership in Information Communication Technology (ICT) development in the area of Education, Health, Governance and Enterprise.

Speaking during the meeting at Government House in Uyo, Governor Emmanuel thanked them for taking interest in partnering with his administration, assuring that there are various areas available for the partnership.

He said he was especially interested in the area of Information Communication Technology, which is a major driver of development the world over.

Governor Emmanuel recounted that when Huawei came into Nigeria, it focused on the telecommunications sector, and cited his role in the company’s success with major financial institutions in the country.

“I am happy you said you can discuss areas of Education, Health, Governance and Enterprise. Today, once you look at the 10 richest human beings on Planet earth, at least 60-70% of them will be ICT related. I am a businessman, I go where money is, so I follow money to where money is, if money is in ICT, I follow money into ICT so that nobody leaves me behind.”

Governor Emmanuel expressed belief that the strategic partnership will be of immense value to the youths who are the major focus of his leadership.

The Governor was of the opinion that young bright people of Akwa Ibom origin can also make it into global limelight with the right technological facilities and instructors in place in the state.

Governor Emmanuel said his government has done a lot in exposing the youths to ICT and urged that the programmes of the Huawei team should gear towards embracing the youths.

He maintained that the state has an E-library with thousands of e-learning processes, and the necessary infrastructure to actually develop ICT platform here and for me a launch out to the rest of Africa.

“So if you can make Akwa Ibom an ICT hub, I’m sure you have the right partner where we can actually make that happen. This is an opportunity for me to also see a whole lot because once you give me a fibre, I can do a whole lot, Housing Estate, Education, E-Governance, everything runs on communication and ICT, so it’s a good development.”

Team leader and Managing Director, Partners Business unit of Huawei Technologies Company, Mr Ken Zhao Wenjun said Huawei came to seek strategic partnership with Akwa Ibom State Government, looking into different sectors

He maintained that Huawei is already number one in the telecom areas and is ranked the third best in the world in phones and tablets production.

He said their enterprise unit has succeeded through their collaboration with thousands of Partners.

The Investors were led by the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Prof. Nse Udo Essien, accompanied by the Chairman of the Foreign Direct Investment Committee, Dr. Gabriel Ukpe, among others.

Ndifreke P. Akpan reports from Govt House, Uyo.

Governor Udom Emmanuel Says “startup Friday” Will Place Akwa Ibom In The Ict Map Of Africa

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

Joseph Robert
PIO