Soon Cross River State is to commence the assembling of mobile phones and computers to be known as made in Calabar phones and computers, the Commissioner for ICT, Chief Offu Ebirigor Aya, has hinted.
The commissioner, in Calabar said apart from the ministry starting an incubation centre where it is currently training indigenes on repairs of computers and phones the state intends to go beyond this by assembling them as the first in Nigeria and to be known as made in Calabar.
According to him the ministry has so far trained over 3,000 Cross Riverians on digital job search and is currently trying to reactivate the Tinapa knowledge city put in place to train people in various aspects of ICT, especially developers and even attract universities to be part of the training.
He added that the ministry is only awaiting and response from the Director General of National Information and Technology Development Agency (NIDA) who are major financier of the project but has not responded to funding in the last two years.
The commissioner further expressed hope that when the agency’s budget is approved in the next few weeks, funds will be released for the ministry to recommence training.
The commissioner also disclosed that the ministry is trying to leverage on the smart city project to make life better for the people.
According to him, Calabar is the first and only city in Nigeria that has fibre optics cables everywhere, we are trying to leverage on the infrastructure to ensure that it is extended to homes and then deploy wifi everywhere in Calabar.
He maintained that contract has already been awarded for the upgrading of the data centre adding that the contractors are already on ground and will commence work next week.
With this, he said government will generate the needed revenue to fund other sectors of the economy.
The commissioner praised Governor Ben Ayade for his dogged determination and passion to develop the state inspite of the zero allocation the state gets from the Federal Government, coupled with the current recession in the country.
He appealed to the people to continue to support and encourage the government to enable it continue to provide them with the dividends of democracy.
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