Six ICT Parks To Be Established In Nigeria
Nigeria is to construct 6 ICT Parks through the States Communications Commission (NCC) in the country’s six geo-political zones in a bid to promote the socio-economic transformation of the West African country.
The project basically comprises of the construction and equipping of fully-functional Tier-4 Digital Industrial Complex (DIC) in each of geo-political zones across the country.
The executive vice-chairman (EVC) of NCC, Mr Umar Danbatta stressed that the establishment of four of the ICT parks has already commenced in Abeokuta for the South-West, Enugu for the South-East, Maiduguri for the North-East and Kano for the North-West geo-political zones. Those for the North-Central and the South-South geopolitical zones he emphasized they were in progress.
With regard to the commissioning of Nigeria’s construction of ICT Parks, Mr Danbatta stated that it would take place at different times, hopefully beginning from the end of this year. He also insisted that based on the projects national spread structure, no part of the country will be left out as beneficiaries of the initiative.
The construction of ICT parks is meant to provide innovation labs and digital fabrication laboratories (Fablabs) for use by ICT innovators and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into products and prototypes, provide a Commercial Hub for ICT capacity building and digital skills, create employment and entrepreneurial activities and enhance smart city deployment across the Digital Industrial complex.
The project is also designed to support the federal government’s ICT–related policies by enhancing the availability and accessibility of ICT services across the country and promoting their usage across all sectors.
Moreover, it is aimed at building capacity for the youths in the area of skill acquisition and innovation to join existing initiatives towards accelerating the socio-economic transformation of Nigeria.