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Youth devt: Obaseki converts ICE to tech-innovation hub

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Youth devt: Obaseki converts ICE to tech-innovation hub

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said the state government has converted the Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) in Benin City to a technology innovation hub, as part of initiatives to engage and develop skills of the teeming youth population in the state. Obaseki disclosed this at a two-day workshop organised by the state government in partnership with First Bank of Nigeria for young entrepreneurs as well as Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the state, at the weekend, in Benin City. He noted; “In a few months’ time, the state government will set-up the first technology innovation hub with thousands of computers supported with high-speed connectivity. The state will invite technological companies to provide support services at the hub.” The hub, he said, “Will serve as a facility for training youths in the state. It would also be used as a centre for follow-up training for youths who are participating in similar training programmes organised by the state government in partnership with the First Bank of Nigeria.” Obaseki explained, “The state government has decided to reposition the former Institute of Continuing Education into an advanced learning centre and an innovation hub. Work has started and, in few months, the Centre will be ready with computers and equipment for the training of our youth.” The governor also tasked youth in the state to register on the Edo- Jobs portal, noting that, “The portal was created to provide data from which youth who will benefit from the state government’s job and wealth creation initiatives will be selected.”

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