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Kwara State Wants to Be One of the Largest Tech Hubs in Nigeria, Plans to Build N500m 'Computer Village' in Ilorin.

Last week, Kwara State Governor, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, performed the groundbreaking of Harmony Hub, Kwara State’s version of the popular Computer Village, in Ilorin. The entire project is estimated to cost 500 million Naira
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Speaking at the groundbreaking, the Governor said the Computer Village would directly employ about 600 youths when fully operational.
In his words:

“Nigeria’s ICT sector is reputed as the largest in Africa with $18 billion investments and 28 percent internet penetration as of 2013,” the governor said.

“Countries around the world are competing to be the next technological innovations and the associated prosperity and Nigeria is not left out ….”

“The project also announces Kwara as a potential largest technological hub in Nigeria outside Lagos state.’’

However, a lot of people feel that the move is borne out of misplaced priority. According to an interview Premium Times had with a student of the faculty of Information and Communication Sciences, University of Ilorin, Notiki Bello:

“I think it is really not necessary. The challenge is the known hub in Ilorin. I do not think it should be changed, but it could be upgraded. Also, the space allotted for the new hub is really small. If truly there is going to be a technology boom in Kwara, that space won’t contain it,” he said.

Even if Notiki’s concern is valid, I think the fact that Kwara State government is making Technology a priority deserves this:
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What do you think?

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10 comments on “Kwara State Wants to Be One of the Largest Tech Hubs in Nigeria, Plans to Build N500m 'Computer Village' in Ilorin.

  1. Gido™ says:

    That’s a welcome development because it will lead to job creation.

  2. KingAbsolute says:

    Nice development in Kwara, kudos to their Governor, good learning from Lagos State. Hope other State would learn from this.

  3. Kelvin says:

    Wow,nice move.
    At least 600 youths would be saying bye to unemployment.
    Kudos !!

  4. SirStevoe says:

    Misplaced priority! If tackling unemployment is the goal, then there are other avenues for that can be achieved. 500million for a new computer village in Kwara in these times, is not the way forward.
    Wrong move .

  5. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, I HAVE TO SAY MISS TECHY HAS FOR THE FIRST TIME PUBLISHED A STORY THAT CONCERNS MT LOCALITY (OF RESIDENCE). I WILL BE AUTHORITATIVE ABOUT THIS. THE STATE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN BUILDING SHOPS AND COMPLEXES ALMOST AT EVERY AVAILABLE PARCEL OF LAND BESIDE EVERY MAJOR ROAD IN THE CITY. THIS SO CALLED TECH HUB IS JUST IN LINE WITH THAT. THE SPACE AS I REPLIED TO YOUR TWEET ON TWITTER IS VERY SMALL, ITS NOT UP TO A STREET. ITS JUST A SET OF COMPLEX SHOPS THAT WILL BE RESTRICTED TO TECH RELATED SALES AND SERVICES AND PEOPLE WILL BE MADE TO PAY A HIGH AMOUNT TO RENT SHOP SPACE THERE.
    CHALLENGE 8S THE TRADITIONAL TECH HUB OF ÌLỌRIN, CREATING ANOTHER ONE WILL BE A MISPLACED PRIORITY AND LACK OF A FIX IT FORMATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT. IT WILL JUST BE AS IF LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO MOVE COMPUTER VILLAGE TO ÌSỌLỌ̀.
    WELL, FOR QUESTIONS ON THIS, I THINK I CAN BE OF HELP…

    1. Tee says:

      SO YOU MEAN THEY JUST WANT TO BUILD SHOPPING COMPLEX?? SO WHERE WILL THE 600 JOBS FOR YOUTH COME FROM? BECAUSE I DONT SEE RENTING OUT OF SHOP SPACES TO COUNT AS EMPLOYMENT O…

  6. Rotimi Popoola says:

    Nice 1 kwara state

  7. pWilliams says:

    well…I wish them good luck

  8. ZITA says:

    All shades of goodness

  9. JohnAlex says:

    Wow nice one kwara state

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