Dr. Amina Sambo, National Coordinator of the Office of ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), under the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), visited Start Innovation Hub Uyo, and other clusters in Akwa Ibom State, to consult and inform the ICT stakeholders of forth coming Startup Friday Akwa Ibom Edition, scheduled to hold on March 9, 2018.
StartUP Friday is a meet-up by the OIIE, designed to bridge the gap between startups, investors, mentors, users and other players in the ecosystem.
She was received by the CEO of Start Innovation Hub, Hanson Johnson who took her round the hub and introduced its programmes and startups. Dr. Magaji was impressed by the level of work done by young people in Akwa Ibom despite the very limited resources, and stressed the need to look beyond Lagos and Abuja for talents and investment opportunities.
She disclosed that she met the Jiggle team last year in Lagos, and congratulated them again for the cheque they won. While noting that startups that competed came from outside Lagos, she reiterated the need for government and investors to look beyond high income areas of Nigeria.
The Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Science and Technology in Akwa Ibom State, Prof. Nse Udo Essien was happy with the visit. He shared the various programmes his ministry was partnering with the private sector to run in the state. Some of them includes Hotels.Ng internship and digital marketing training. He thanked the Director General of NITDA for approving the Startup Friday Uyo Edition, and pledged his commitment to the success of the event.
Also present were the Special Adviser to the Governor on ICT Mr. Solomon Eyo and his New Media counterpart Mrs. Meflyn Anwana. They promised their work toward a successful event.
Dr Sambo Magaji also visited Roothub and Hubitz where she interacted with members of the hub. She also met with Mr. Iboro Otu the Director of Alert Nigeria, an NGO collaborating with hubs and higher institutions in the state to create hubs on campus and support young people with community development programmes.