By Hajara Leman
Gombe, The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Ali Pantami, Friday inaugurated a ICT Incubation Hub at the Gombe State University (GSU) .
The minister said the incubation hub was built to provide support for young inventors and urged residents of the state to join virtual learning to acquire soft skills in the centre which was just launched.
He said skills produce future employers because there were only few spaces available in the state and Federal Governments, emphasizing the need to acquire skills aside paper qualification.
“The world has evolved in such a way, preference is given to the skills and less to paper because it is the skills that do the work,” he said.
Pantami said, after the inauguration, any additional facilities needed will be supplied at the Incubation Hub to give the youths and the institution a world class ICT Hub.
Dr Kashifu Abdullahi , Director-General NITDA in his speech, said the Hub would enable all the eight pillars of the National Digital Economy in terms of providing capacity building, research facilities for emerging technology.
He also said that the Hub would provide a platform to bridge the gap between the academia and industry.
The DG called on talented youths to use the facility and turn their ideas to products and services to impact positively on the society.
, “the world we are going into was the post Covid world and is going to be powered by emerging technologies, hence the need to create a platform to harness the opportunities available in the sub-sector”.
He said the Minister , in his own wisdom made the Hub a reality because he want Nigerians to meet the reality of the current challenges hence the construction of the Hub.
Abdulahi further urged the management of the university and the community to put the Hub in to use because huge amount of money was invested.
Prof.Aliyu El-nafaty, the vice chancellor of the institution appreciated the federal government for the interventions, adding that there had been several intervention from NITDA since 2018.
El-nafaty said ICT would prepare Africa’s youths for tomorrow’s jobs which will fast-track a generation of young digital innovators from the continent.
He added that the institution had so far partnered several government agencies under the ministry of communications and digital economy to train more than 600 staff and over 1500 participants from the institution’s host communities.
The VC said over 200 youths from the Northeast had been trained on software development while 250 students were also trained between 2018 and 2019.
According to him, “with the ICT facilities being put in place, it will position the institution to engage more in e-learning and other researches that will improve the quality of learning especially in addressing contemporary challenges that face youths in the country.”
NAN reports that the Minister also inaugurated the North East office of the Nigerian Communication Satellite e (NIGCOMSAT) Dukku and Tudun/ Wada ICT