Akwa Ibom Govt Courts Investors, Emphasizes Digital Technology for National Development

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Emma Okonji
The Akwa Ibom State Government has called on local and international investors to invest in the state’s broadband technology expansion initiative to get a quick return on their investments.

The state also said it has all it takes to replicate the federal government’s digital economy initiative in the state to enhance national development.

Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Committee on Foreign Direct Investment Commission, Gabriel Ukpeh, who was speaking at the 3rd Annual Nigeria Technology Summit held recently in Abuja, said that the state government would rely on digital technology and innovation to achieve its goal.

“Akwa Ibom is quietly leading an economic revolution in Nigeria, leveraging digital technology,” Ukpeh said.
According to him, Akwa Ibom State has set up several emerging technology and innovation hubs, with a planned science park that will improve information technology (IT) in schools, boost education programs that will enable skills development and job creation.

The Nigeria Tech Summit is an annual event organized by the Global Startup Ecosystem in partnership with the US Embassy Abuja, Google Cloud, AWS, IBM Cloud, Hubspot, Sendgrid, among others. The summit boasts of an active network of Nigerian investors, tech entrepreneurs, celebrities, politicians and business tycoons. Each year, it brings together thousands of industry players from Nigeria and around the world to address challenges affecting Nigeria’s technological future.

Speakers at this year’s summit include US Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard; Director, Diaspora Affairs in the Office of the President, Akwasi Awua Ababio; CEO of Global Startup Ecosystem, Christine Ntim and many more.

Speaking about how technology has helped states that are leveraging technology to drive economic development, Ukpeh said, “The experience of COVID 19 has made it mandatory for states like Akwa Ibom to move all government activities to online with the support of a robust internet connectivity system, which the state has put in place, while encouraging online dating. A good example is this program. The number of online participants far exceeded the number of physical participants. The backbone of this is broadband connectivity.

With the recent auction of 3.5 GHz spectrum for the deployment of 5G technology by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigerians should expect more online communications and transactions as 5G will increase the speed of internet connectivity and downloads.

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