**Ministry to train 100, 000 youth, women, PWDs
The Imo State ministry of Digital Economy and E-Government has rolled out plans for the Digital Imo project to include training of 100,000 youth, women and people living with disabilities in core 21st century skills in software development, blockchain, game development and other technical vocational skills.
The ministry said it will also facilitate Broadband Penetration in all LGAs of Imo State.
The commissioner in charge of the ministry that is reputed to be the first of its kind in Nigeria, Dr Chimezie Amadi said it is also positioned to Improve Broadband penetration and coverage, Increased e-Government activities, Improved Digital inclusion and literacy levels.
“The Ministry will pull 100,000 young people from across the local government areas of the state and instil digital skills and competencies into them. The Ministry will be an enabler and a one-stop-shop for digital knowledge acquisition for the entire state operation.”
According to him, the Ministry is poised to train other Ministries on tech skills for the new Imo state that will run operations on technology and thus, be able to maximise resources for development.
“The Ministry will work as part of the governor’s over all transformation agenda for the Imo State. This will be achieved by building smart cities which leverages digital technology to drive governance, innovation and entrepreneurship while promoting value creation and prosperity for all.
He said the governor is at the verge of making a giant stride in the State being the first to establish the ministry in Nigeria, making Imo State to be the digital capital of Nigeria.
Bold steps to undertake he said, includes, creating a hub of fitting digital skills set for jobs of the future, training and capacity building of MDA staff to promote use and adoption of the single windows portal, identification, automation and digital integration of revenue generating MDAs in the State.
He said the Ministry of Digital Economy and E-Government under his watch will animate the Startup ecosystem by creating enabling environment that facilitate groundbreaking innovations that will address societal challenges, enhance efficient service delivery while plugging the holes in Government budget for Revenue assurance.
“For instance: Crowd-source Broadband Penetration and efficiency across all towns, villages and LGAs in Imo State.
“Facilitate Broadband Penetration to Underserved and Unserved locations in Imo State via private sector partnerships, deployment of state-owned fibre highway for interconnection of business districts, communities and LGAs.”
He eulogised Governor Hope Uzodinma saying he has set himself to become the Digital Governor in Nigeria by this establishment. History will be kind to him for placing Imo State on the global digital map.
The profile of the commissioner whose shoulder the responsibility rests on is a digital revolutionist per excellence, a silent achiever who has been leading Digital mapping in Nigeria through the NCC, a young energetic and highly talented person.
Dr Amadi an Assistant Director at the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has impressive educational attainment, he attended several training programmes on 5G: The Path to Next Generation; Digital Transformation: Unlocking the Potential of IoT; Enabling the Full Value of Wireless Technology: Game Changing Technology For the Digital Age; and Ethics Intelligence, among others.
At the NCC, Dr Amadi worked in various Departments which include: Administration , Procurement, South-West Zonal operations where he headed the Enforcement, Licensing and Consumer Affairs Units as well as in Research and Development Department where he headed the Emerging Technologies Research Unit creatures 01 stakeholder fora in the ICT space to facilitate ACADOPRENEUR, which is a collaboration between Academia and Industry.
Amadi being a very detailed man has already mapped out what his actions will be in the new Ministry within a year. Dr Amadi’s document includes Action Steps, Timelines, Deliverables and expected outcomes.
If there’s anyone befitting to head the new ministry, then Dr Amadi is that person. He comes fully prepared for his new job as the Commissioner for Digital Economy and e-Government.
Amb Oluwafemi hails Tinubu on diplomatic shuttle that halted UAE-Nigeria Visa Impasse
***Says billions in investments anticipated as arilines resumes
***Hails Aviation minister, Keyamo for being proactive over the issue
President Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s diplomatic moves that resolved the consular and economic relations with President of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi, is a masterstroke that will usher billions of investments in to the country, the CEO of the Africa Development Study Centre (ADSC), Ambassador Victor Walsh Oluwafemi has indicated.
To start with he said, the move he said resulted in the immediate cessation of the visa ban placed on Nigerians.
Recall that the impasse was very much in force before President Tinubu emerged as the Nigerian number one citizen last May.
Ambassador Victor Oluwafemi who is a seasoned management consultant of continental level applauded the president on the landmark in a statement he personally signed on Tuesday.
He explained that the development which banned Nigerian travelers nine months ago took a new twist after President Tinubu met with the UAE leader and this has led to the immediate resumption of flight schedules for both Etihad Airlines and Emirates Airlines into and out of Nigeria which is welcoming and salutary.
Mainly Instructive in his view is adding momentum to his drive to give greater investment opportunities to Nigerians at home and the diaspora.
He reiterated that President Tinubu is the first Nigerian Politician that has deliberately prepared himself for authentic leadership because of his uncommon supports for the Nigerian people since assumption of office particularly in foreign policy interventions and domestic governance ecosystem in the last 100 days.
According to him, the significant gesture in boosting Nigeria-UAE cooperation economically and geopolitically is second to none in the political history of Nigeria.
He stated that an economically stronger Nigeria would certainly help augment both the scope and level of cooperation between Nigeria and the UAE. The trade volume between the two sides will increase beyond our imagination.
He, therefore, appealed to other political parties and strategic stakeholders in the Nigerian project to engage with the Tinubu led administration to chart a pathway to national building efforts for shared prosperity particularly from the several billions of U.S. dollars’ worth of foreign direct Investments and new trade portfolios into the Nigerian economy across different sectors which is a sweet smelling savour for a new national rebirth.
Ambassador Oluwafemi also hailed Aviation minister, Festus keyamo, SAN for being proactive over the UAE debacle.
He said: “Within such a short period the aviation minister has proven to Nigerians that his administrative capabilities are not in doubt.
“Definitely the UAE issue was acidic but Keyamo pulled it through barely three weeks in office as minister.
“His moves at the airports particularly in the major gateways of our country are laudable,”.
Victor, who’s also the President of the African Air Passengers Rigth Association (APRASS) and a UAE resident, thanks the UAE President for resolving the issues swiftly and the Minister of Aviation for being proactive on this issue and the airport relocation.
He commended him and advised the association should be involved in the ministry’s activities especially the current committee that was set up because the airline users are the major stakeholders in all activities concerning the airport and the airlines.
Kogi, China finalise bilateral relationship in transport infrastructure
*** The partnership promises to make the State an industrial hub
The Kogi State Government and the Chinese Construction giant, CCECC have entered in to an accord that will bolster business relationships in the areas of planning, financing and execution of transport infrastructure in the state.
The meeting took at the headquarters of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation along Airport Road, Abuja on Thursday
The Executive Officer of the Kogi State Investment Promotion and Public Private Partnership Agency, Abdulkareem Siyaka who led the government’s delegation disclosed that the first line of business upscaling and partnership is the construction of Inland Transit Port in Lokoja to link Warri – Burutu/Port Harcourt via Onitsha.
This he said will rapidly develop the movement of agricultural produce and solid mineral cargo to and from northern and southern Nigeria.
He said the partnership was in line with the Kogi State’s medium-term economic development goals which within a 5-year time frame will want to rapidly develop her infrastructure outlay, citing transport infrastructure as the bedrock of economic development.
While interacting with newsmen at the end of their meeting, Abdulkareem said the upgrade of Adogo Airstrip to a commercial Cargo Airport to facilitate growth in cross-border trade and investment and boost real sector productivity was discussed.
Another infrastructure to be executed under the partnership is the construction of Electrified Rail Project between Jeba and Lokoj.
This will reduce haulage costs within Nigeria by freeing excess pressure on road transport infrastructure.
Speaking on the business models, Abdulkareem stated that Kogi State is in the process of building its economy from a conservative civil service state to an Industrial giant in northern Nigeria.
He said the ‘Build -Operate-Transfer’ model or similar model that will be economical for both parties would be ideal while involving the Federal Government to provide sovereign guarantees including counterpart funding in any or all the projects.
On his part, the Deputy Managing Director of CCECC, Guo Wenjun commended the state government for its vision while expressing readiness for the relationship.
He noted that the Kogi State Government has been a friendly business partner of CCECC over the years with mutual understanding and benefits.
Cashless Policy: HYPPDEC succours Kogi riverine communities with Food Stuff, Clothing
By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.
HYDROELECTRIC Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPDEC) has presented foodstuffs and clothing to communities in the 10 member Local Government Areas in Kogi State.
Alhaji Isah Ozi-Salami, Member representing Kogi on the Board of HYPPDEC, who presented the items to Governor Yahaya on Tuesday in Lokoja said it was to cushion the harrowing hardships imposed by the Federal Government cashless policy.
He said that the gesture was part of the Commission’s response to natural disaster or any form of hardship assailing the citizens, with a view to intervening to alleviate their suffering.
The items include 400 bags of rice, 250 gallons of vegetable oil and some packaged women wrappers.
The Board member reiterated the resolve of HYPPDEC towards tackling the prevailing economic hardship on Nigerians culminating from the Cashless Policy.
“We owe it as a duty to take adquate care of the people in the 10 Local Government Areas belonging to HYPPDEC communities in Kogi
“Our concern under the present economic hardship is to alleviate the sufferings of the people within HYPPDEC communities in Kogi State”, Ozi-Salami told Governor Bello.
He commended Governor Yahaya Bello for providing logistic supports that had facilitated the smooth operation of the Commission in Kogi.
He also told the Governor that HYPPDEC would soon begin the construction of a 50-Unit housing in Kogi for resettlement of last year’s flood victims in riverine communities.
“I appreciate Governor Bello’s magnanimity in providing land for the housing project. We expect Governor to perform the foundation laying ceremony of the project soon,” Ozi-Salami disclosed.
In his response, Governor Bello who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Pharm. Jamiu Asuku received the items for onward distribution to the communities.
Bello hinted that the state government would key into HYPPDEC’s intervention initiative in the areas of provision of food and security of lives and property to assuage the suffering of the citizens.
The governor however appealed to HYPPDEC to focus more on Ibaji Local Government Area in its intervention programmes in view of the terrible terrain peculiar to the area.
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