In furtherance of its recent promise to build the first National Information Technology Park/exhibition centre in the country, the Federal government has inaugurated a seven-
member multi-stakeholders project planning committee to achieve the objective.
The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, while inaugurating the Committee said the proposed Technology Park would “create a veritable and internationally standardized ICT Platform upon which the youths, ICT innovators and investors can leverage on.
He also explained that the Centre would create opportunities to boost technology tourism, generate the much needed revenue for government, create employment for the teaming youths and bring about industry growth and internationalization of ICT in Nigeria, among others.
Shittu noted that ICT Parks are the most tested and trusted institutional mechanism to address this need of technology-intensive, knowledge-based economies globally.
The Minister urged the members to ‘selflessly contribute their rich experiences to the project.
He added that the terms of reference which included preparation of a detailed business plan; or the initiative, engage in overview of Technology Parks/Centre and global best practices.
He charged the members to specifically identify and advice government on the status of the site for the proposed ICT Park/Centre at the Abuja Technology Village and ensure that the implementation of the project is done in due time.
The Minister also said Government is poised to support the establishment of six regional hubs and expansion of the Technology ecosystem in Abuja and Lagos into super-hubs.
Responding on behalf of the Committee members, Dr. Chris Nwannenna, representing National Computer Society thanked the Minister for his vision and expressed hope that the projects would create a platform for synergy among ICT stakeholders and innovators.