Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to make the state a technology and innovation destination of choice for Africa and the world at large.
Akeredolu who noted that information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the language of the present age, assured the people of the state that his administration is determined to tap into the vast benefits of the ICT to empower youths.
The governor spoke on Monday during the commissioning of Akure Tech-Up at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA.
The Akure Tech-Up is a tripartite collaboration between the Ondo State government, FUTA and Tech-Up, a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO).
The Tech-Up was set up to create an avenue for the promotion of technologies and for the exchange of ideas of business start-ups and development for youths.
Governor Akeredolu commended the contributions of a philantrophist and businessman, Chief Rotimi Ibidapo, to the successful completion of the Tech-Up building at FUTA Biological Garden.
He said: “History has it that many IT giants who rose from Ondo State are making great impacts in ICT world. For instance, Philip Emegwali, born in Akure in 1954 had made great contributions to the development of the internet.
“Many of the students at FUTA both former and present are making great impacts in ICT. All these are indications that we have the potential and the technology here with us that are needed to be developed.
“Besides, Tech-Up FUTA is the first of its kind in the South Western part of Nigeria and it is my belief that it will spur a revolution in technology products and service delivery with its core focus to give the general community a facility where they can bring their ideas to life.”