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Akwa Ibom to empower youths through ICT

…Promises to work closely with Zinox Chairman, Dr. Ekeh

By Juliet Umeh

As part of plans to reposition its state after the Covid-19 pandemic and embrace the new normal, Akwa Ibom state has mapped out plans to reorient its youths through information communication and technology, ICT, among others.

The state said it would achieve this by working with the Chairman of ICT Company, Zinox, Dr. Leo Stan Ekeh.

It revealed the plan after receiving a 20-member committee report, put together

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

by the state to reposition its economy for the post COVID-19.

The State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, appreciating the committee for a thoughtful report, said his administration will implement every single one to the letter.

He also commended the innovative ideas for repositioning the state and empowering the youths through ICT, even as he welcomed the idea of mental re-orientation.

Emmanuel said: “The only way forward and the fastest approach; I believe when I read your report, I will see it as one of the low-hanging fruits, is to drive our youths through ICT.

For this, we have to work with our brother, Zinox Chairman, Dr. Ekeh, a friend of the state, who in fact, we must give a local government which he will adopt as the one he hails from in Akwa Ibom; so that he can help us drive the aspect of youths and ICT.”

Referencing the growth of platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Netflix, the governor affirmed that COVID-19 had created a number of business opportunities for people through ICT, noting that a lot more are coming.

“I wouldn’t want Akwa Ibom to be left behind,” he declared.

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