Kano State Governor Commends NCC For ICT Parks Across Nigeria
The Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has commended the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), under the leadership of its Executive Vice-Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, for its construction of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) parks across the six-geo political zones of the country.
Ganduje also applauded the commitment of the Danbatta-led NCC in ensuring increased digital access for fast-tracking digital innovation across the country and the North-West in particular.
He made the commendation recently when he visited the site of an ongoing construction of an ICT Park for the North-Western zone located in Kano State.
“Realising that a major project that resonates with the global vision for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is being vigorously driven by NCC leadership, shows the kind of socio-economic transformation we should expect through ICT across Nigeria in the next few years.
“For the ICT Park being built here in Kano to serve the North-West zone, the government and citizens of Kano State are grateful to Prof. Danbatta and his team for bringing development to the state and the zone at large,” Ganduje said.
On his own part, Prof Danbatta said the initiative is aimed at supporting the overall digital economy agenda of the Federal Government and to also help boost youth digital skills acquisition, promote innovations, provide jobs for the teeming Nigerian youth.
According to him, “The whole idea of putting these two things (i.e. skill acquisition and innovation) at the forefront of this very important initiative is to produce youths that can be self-reliant, generate employment for themselves and for other Nigerians.”
Noteworthy, the ICT Park in is an initiative of the EVC of the NCC to provide Innovation Labs and Digital Fabrication Laboratories (Fablabs) for use by ICT innovators and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into products and prototypes.
The Tier-4 Digital Industrial Complex (DIC) will provide a Commercial Hub for ICT capacity building and digital skills, create employment and entrepreneurial activities and facilitate smart city deployment across the Digital Industrial Complex.
The ICT Park consists of laboratories for ICT innovations and Commercial Hubs providing capacity building to ICT startups and entrepreneurial activities, in Kano State.
The parks are designed to provide fast internet service (broadband) and constant power supply. Meanwhile, the ICT Park in Kano is expected to be completed and inaugurated at the end of the year.