Three new digital hubs which are to be constructed in strategic states in the country will unlock the potential of the Nigerian youths empowering them and creating employment for them.
Chairman of Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh, gave the revelations when Acting Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, and other executives of the agency paid an official working visit to the Zinox headquarters in Gbagada, Lagos, last weekend, Vanguard Newspapers reports.
The funds for the 3 hubs was obtained from a group of investors and already construction has started on two of the hubs. The digital hubs are expected to kick off fully in 2017 with 500 youths to gain direct employment.
However, looking at the bigger picture, Ekeh said ‘Nigeria has millions of young people of digital mindset with the potential to become billionaires. The reason we are confident that this is going to do Nigeria good is that this is the same way we started Yudala, a composite e-commerce outfit which received little funding from investors and within one year, has turned leading e-commerce brand in Nigeria.’
This, Ekeh believes would help the Nigerian economy which is in dire need of an alternative to crude oil, a role which the ICT sector can play effortlessly to boost the nation’s dwindling earnings.
Parts of this article originally appeared in Vanguard Newspapers.