In a bid to create employment and probably exempt kwara state from the present recession which is biting very hard on Nigerians, the kwara state government has decided to turn to tech as a hail Mary in this case. They have resolved to create a 500 million ‘computer village’ in ilorin.
Speaking on this feat which might soon be achieved, the Governor of kwara state, Abdulfatah Ahmed said the Computer Village would directly employ about 600 youths when fully operational.
According to him, “Nigeria’s ICT sector is reputed as the largest in Africa with $18 billion investments and 28 percent internet penetration as of 2013,” the governor said.
“Countries around the world are competing to be the next technological innovations and the associated prosperity and Nigeria is not left out ….”
“The project also announces Kwara as a potential largest technological hub in Nigeria outside Lagos state.’’
The Harmony hub(Computer village), is being constructed by Harmony Holdings, and is beside Nimatoni events centre, directly opposite Circular hotel around unity area, in the heart of ilorin,the state capital.
Governor Ahmed at the ceremony noted that, ”The computer village is 2-storey, elegant and sophisticated edifice, aesthetically designed and strategically situated here in the commercial nerve center of Ilorin.”
“The project will stand on 4,600 square meters of land and has a completion period of eleven months. The Computer Village, which is estimated to cost N500m, will be funded through contractor financing as well as pre-sales/off-taker arrangements.”he added
He also went ahead to state that, ”Through projects such as this Computer Village, and the International Vocational and Technical Centre, Ajase Ipo, therefore, we are establishing platforms for the skills and entrepreneurship necessary for productively engaging our youths.”
“Apart from improving the aesthetics of our environment through convergence of ICT players, the Computer Village will also provide IT practitioners a platform to showcase their products to a wider audience.”he stressed.
It is a very welcomed development in my honest opinion. My only concern is the possibility of the hub being turned into a private thing thereby not achieving what it is supposed to achieved. But until then, I say kudos to the Kwara state government.