As part of efforts towards unlocking potentials of Information and Communication Technology, ICT in Nigeria and nurturing technology ideas in Africa, tehnology penetration in Enugu state on Tuesday received a boost with the launch of a state of art facility, TechX Innovation hub.
According to the press statement released by the organization, the founder of Tech X Innovation Hub, Mr. Tony Ojobo, during in his speech at the unveiling of the office said that the hub was created to address the low level of innovation and penetration in the south eastern region.
In his words “The region has very few industries and organizations that can absorb the rising number of unemployed graduates in the ecosystem. It therefore becomes imperative to embrace technology as a way to tap into the ingenuity of the youths”.
“The youths of this region are reputed to be ingenious, hence the need to channel this ingenuity to productive purposes for common good. Initiatives such as this will contribute to reducing cyber crime by winning over the practitioners and turning them into innovators”.
Ojobo further stated that TechX is a global organization that is concerned with the slow adoption of technology in the developing countries especially Africa. “At TechX we shall create a platform for people with ideas to incubate, startups, business developers, coders, programmers and techies to perfect and scale up their innovations through a structured mentoring process, training and knowledge development programs. Our focus will encompass the following; Coding, Gaming, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT’s) Robotics, Digital Innovations, Business Development, ICT Training, Software Development, Cyber Security, Digital Marketing etc”.
“The TechX stands for Technology Extra – this means that technology not applied is useless. Technology has to be applied to deliver value to lives and businesses. The X factor of technology is anchored on the things it can accomplish to contribute to human development. The strategic vision of Tech X is focused on four key areas, which I call the 4A’s of technological advancement; Awareness, Access, Adoption and Application. A key strategy that addresses the issue of low ICT penetration is awareness”.
“People need to be aware of the power of ICT to transform lives, businesses and the economy at large. The most capitalized firms in the world today are playing in the ICT space. The capacity of this technology to lift peoples and nations out of poverty is phenomenal”.
“Our teeming youths can focus their creative energies more positively with a platform such as TechX Innovation Hub to give them a head-start in live. ICT has become the new oil and countries that have depended on oil as the economic main stay are beginning to embrace technology. We have examples from UAE, Qatar and other countries in the Gulf region. The federal government has been making efforts towards diversification of the economy, however more still needs to be done through the encouragement of innovations, startups and SMEs”.
“In realization of this need, TechX was set up to play our part towards the economic development of our people and thus contribute to poverty reduction in the region in particular and the country at large”.
“On this journey we shall be collaborating with relevant Stakeholders, namely; the Media, Regulators, Hub owners, Tertiary Institutions, State Governments, Federal Government. SME’s, Multilateral Agencies, Embassies, Equipment Manufacturers, Ministries Departments and Agencies and other important Stakeholders, the founder of TechX innovation hub stressed.