The Federal Government has inaugurated a seven-man committee to oversee the planning and implementation of proposed National Technology Parks across the country.
The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, inaugurated the committee in Abuja on Thursday, according to statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary of the ministry, Mr. Austin Asoluka.
Inaugurating the committee, Shittu said that the proposed technology park would create a veritable and standardised Information and Communications Technology platform, which the youths, ICT innovators and investors could leverage to turn Nigeria into a renowned ICT hub.
He said that the centre would create opportunities to boost tourism, generate a lot of revenue for government, create employment for the teaming youths and bring about industry growth and internationalisation of the ICT in Nigeria, among others.
Shittu noted that the ICT parks were the most tested and trusted institutional mechanism to address the need of technology-intensive, knowledge-based economies globally and urged members of the committee to contribute their rich experiences to the project.
He added that the terms of reference included preparation of a detailed business plan on the initiative as well as engaging in overview of global best practices in technology parks/centre management.
The minister said members of the committee should specifically identify and advise on the status of the site for the proposed ICT park/centre at the Abuja Technology Village and ensure the eventual implementation of the project.
Shittu said that the government was poised to support the establishment of six regional hubs and the expansion of the technology ecosystem in Abuja and Lagos into super-hubs.
Responding on behalf of the committee members, Dr. Chris Nwannenna, representing National Computer Society, thanked the minister for his vision.
He said the establishment of technology parks in the country was long overdue, adding that the venture would create a platform for synergy among the ICT stakeholders and innovators.
Nwannenna assured the minister that members would take this responsibility as a national assignment.