FG seeks pri­vate sec­tor's co­op­er­a­tion on pro­posed na­tional ICT Park

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Lagos

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment of Nige­ria through the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions has sought the co­op­er­a­tion of pri­vate sec­tor on the ac­tu­al­iza­tion of the pro­posed na­tional ICT Park at the Abuja Tech­nol­ogy Vil­lage.

At a busi­ness roundtable stake­hold­ers’ en­gage­ment or­ga­nized in Lagos by the Min­istry, the Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Dr. Ab­durRa­heem Ade­bayo Shittu de­scribed the ICT/Tele­com in­dus­try as key to the econ­omy.

He said Nige­ria has a youth­ful pop­u­la­tion and a con­sumer na­tion, thus, the in­dus­try holds the key to the na­tion’s growth.

The ob­jec­tive of the meet­ing ac­cord­ing to him was to ap­prise to the ma­jor stake­hold­ers and the pri­vate com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in the ICT ecosys­tem of the Min­istry’s plan to es­tab­lish ICT Park.

He said: “As a re­sult of the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Min­istry and Abuja Tech­nol­ogy Vil­lage (ATV), a 6344 square me­ter of com­mer­cial land was ear­marked for the es­tab­lish­ment of the Park within the free trade zone owned and op­er­ated by ATV. This stake­hold­ers’ event will give in­sight into ATV free trade zone; show­case the con­cep­tual model of the pro­posed park, present in­vest­ment and part­ner­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties to ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist, aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions, busi­ness an­gels, in­vest­ment bankers and de­vel­op­ment part­ners.”

The meet­ing also dis­cussed models and mech­a­nism for the man­age­ment of the Na­tional ICT Park as well as role of busi­ness in­vest­ment flow/donor fund­ing in the de­vel­op­ment of the Na­tional ICT Park.

"This project is part of gov­ern­ment’s prepa­ra­tion for the 4th In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion, which is pre­dicted to hap­pen glob­ally in the near fu­ture,” he said.

He added that the es­tab­lish­ment of the cen­tre will en­cour­age in­vest­ment in the ICT sec­tor and com­ple­ment the pro­posed ICT univer­sity which will also pro­duce the re­quired skilled man­power for Africa.

"We need to build strong in­ter­face be­tween the academia and the in­dus­try, and we want in­dus­try par­tic­i­pa­tion and syn­ergy on this project that will be of im­mense ben­e­fit to the ICT ecosys­tem be it the stu­dent com­mu­nity, the academia and the in­dus­try,” he stressed.

Ear­lier, the Am­bas­sador of the Repub­lic of Ko­rea to Nige­ria, Mr. In-tee Lee pointed out that the Na­tional ICT Park will al­low Nige­ria to join the world trend of the Fourth In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion in which trans­porta­tion, con­struc­tion, agri­cul­ture, en­vi­ron­ment, and many other sec­tors are merged to trans­form the en­tire land­scape of the econ­omy.

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