Gov. Otu tasks Silicon Group on invest in ICT
BY AKPAN WILLIAMS, CALABAR
The Cross River State Governor, His Excellency, Senator Prince Bassey Edet Otu, has called on information technology investors from the United States to establish ICT hubs in the state.
The governor made the call on Friday at the Governor’s temporary office, Governor’s Lodge, Calabar when the Silicon ICT Group paid him a courtesy call.
Governor Otu cited the large pool of young and active population as an advantage for such investments.
The Governor expressed his administration’s commitment to supporting ICT development in the state due to the increasing advancements in Information Technology for solutions.
The Governor further highlighted the potential of Cross River State as a hub for ICT development, citing the state’s strategic location, abundant human resources, and commitment to creating a conducive business environment for the smooth take of the ICT project.
He urged the Silicon Products Group and other tech investors to consider Cross River State as a viable destination for their investments, promising that his administration would provide all necessary support and assistance.
The governor said, “A technology-friendly government fosters an environment that supports innovation in several ways, which include research and development, encouraging industry partnerships, and most importantly, creating policies and regulations that incentivize innovation.
“God has blessed our state with intelligent people in the area of Information Technology. What we lack are proper ICT hubs for our young and active people to take advantage of. We would love to partner with you in establishing these ICT hubs for proper training of Crossriverians.”
Silicon Valley Products Group (SVPG) is an ICT-based company founded to share the highest quality knowledge and best practices with technology companies while providing government services and training.
In his remarks, the team leader of the Silicon Group, Christian Idiodi said they came to the state to share IT solutions and help create IT solutions that will benefit Africans. He said the group has conducted several trainings and seminars aimed at promoting ICT-based solutions to African people, expressing readiness to take advantage of the governor’s invitation to set up shop in this state.
The Silicon Products Group, a US-based tech company, expressed its interest in exploring investment opportunities in Cross River State. The group commended the Governor for his commitment to ICT development and expressed their willingness to collaborate with the government to establish ICT hubs in the state.