Federal government sites North East innovation hub in Yola

Cyril Okonkwo

As the Federal Government begins to implement its innovation and technology initiatives with the establishment of hubs in each of the six geo-political zones, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, announced on Friday that Yola, Adamawa State would host the innovation hub for the North-East region.

Prof. Osinbajo who spoke in Jimeta, Adamawa State, at the commissioning of several road projects completed by the Adamawa State Government expressed hope regarding the economy that “we are seeing a bright light at the end of the tunnel.”

He said government has started a project with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the American University of Nigeria, Yola, and other institutions of higher learning on how we can use technology to solve the humanitarian problems in the North-East.

He said government’s proposed innovation hub for the North-East will be here in Adamawa State in partnership with the American University and other institutions.

According to him, the first step would be a mega-fund working with the ICRC Global Innovation Team which will give an opportunity to the internally displaced persons to become an active part of the process in order to provide solutions to the problem they face everyday using technology.

He said this would give Nigeria an opportunity to work with international organizations to export innovative humanitarian solutions to other parts of the world.

PRESIDENT’S COMMITMENT TO CAMPAIGN PROMISES

Professor Osinbajo said that the Buhari administration was committed to the campaign promises made by the All Progressives Congress, APC, and is working to actualize them.

“During the campaigns in 2014/2015, the President made it clear that he had three major objectives: security, corruption and economy. We have seen the successes in security and the fight against corruption and in the economy we are seeing a bright light at the end of the tunnel,” he stated.

According to him, a major concern of President Buhari has been the issue of unemployment, which he hopes to handle in the short term to create more opportunities for the youth.

N-POWER’s 10,000 SPACE FOR YOUNG GRADUATES

Professor Osinbajo said the N-Power programmes of Buhari administration has 10, 000 spaces for young graduates in Adamawa State and expressed hope that many young graduates would be able to benefit from the scheme.

The Vice-President also said “there is the GEEP programme of Micro-Credit for market women, artisans, for vocational persons who have vocational skills. A lot of the micro-credit is now available and I am sure that in the next couple of months we would be able to benefit from it in this State.” 

PEACE IN ADAMAWA

Vice President Osinbajo said he was pleased that peace had returned to Adamawa State, emphasising on places like Madagali, which was war-torn as well as several other places.

He commended Governor Jubrilla Bindo for the great work he has done in Adamawa State, saying “change has come” to the state.

Prof. Osinbajo also expressed delight at the love and peace that exist among political leaders in the state.

“His Excellency Wilberforce Juta, (former Gongola State Governor) made that point very clear that out of the Governor’s very many achievements, that of being a bridge-builder and a unifier is perhaps his most important attribute,” the vice president said.

He said that he was pleased to be associated with the success the Governor has made in a very short time.

Omolayo.A