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KSIH is raising the next global Tech giants from Port Harcourt, quietly

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KSIH is raising the next global Tech giants from Port Harcourt, quietly

On Friday 28th February, the Ken Saro-Wiwa Innovation Hub held an exhibition event where members of the technology center demonstrated some amazing problem solving Apps and virtual reality creations they had built with the skills they have acquired.

Located on Aggreey Road, at the heart of Old Port Harcourt Township, the Ken Saro-Wiwa Innovation Hub is a space specializing in Technology. The hub provides resources for creatives and entrepreneurs in the Niger Delta. The vision of the Innovation Hub is to champion and contribute to the development of a sustainable Tech Ecosystem in the Niger Delta.

KSIH is funded by Stakeholder Democracy Network and serves as a center where developers, designers, entrepreneurs and trainees come together to learn, practice, network and build innovative solutions to inherent challenges in the region. The Hub provides the following Activities: Tech Training’s and Meetups, Incubation Programme, Co-working Space and Community for aspiring techies

The hub runs a 6-month ‘incubation’ programme known as the Ken Jr Award for Innovation. The programme is designed for aspiring tech entrepreneurs, providing training, mentorship support, and soft skills to teams of people who have a business idea and minimum viable product that they want to take to market. The aim of the incubation programme is to help mid-stage startups to build on their idea/ prototype/ venture through technology mentoring, validation, intellectual property support, marketing strategy, team building, fundraising advisory etc.

At the end of the event, participants who spoke with FR News expressed gratitude to SDN and KSIH for helping them self reliant . One of the participant, Success, said as an entrepreneur, the training he has gotten will help him contribute to development of society

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Interview with Hub manager

FR News threw some question at the hub manager, Osahon Gino Ediagbonya at the end of the event.

FR News: What’s happening at the Hub today?

HUB: Today we are trying to show case with member s of the hub have been able to build overtime. For the past two years we’ve been teaching them a lot of technology and they’ve been able to build some solutions from what they’ve learnt. We encourage them to look at the environment and see how they can proffer solutions to challenges in the environment.

FR News: Are you satisfied with the quality of demonstration today?

Hub:  I am very proud of all of them. Like I said before, we need the young people in Nigeria to start thinking the way these guys are thinking. If we have a lot of young people thing like this, we will grow the economy and youth restiveness and other vices will reduce because as a young person, if you build a solution and you are being paid some good money, no politician will be able to influence you to carry guns for them. I am very proud of what they are doing.

FR News: What are challenges you have encountered in the course of training them?

HUB: A lot of them still don’t understand the opportunities that is been exposed to them. They don’t know the value of what we are giving to them. Because ai could remember there was a time when I could remember the time when I was very young, I was learning Tech too and I would go to Cyber Cafes to learn and it was a terrible experience. It slowed my learning experience. But having a space like this where people can come and enjoy power, internet yet some youths are yet to seize the opportunity. A lot of these young people don’t want to take their time to build themselves. Whatever we are doing here is not magic. If you come in here in the next one or two years, you will still be learning and equipping yourself. The young people don’t have that time, they are looking for fast ways of making money. These young people need a lot of mentorship and guidance but many of them don’t have this passion and motivation.

FR News:  Do you have a system for mentorship or you just train them and send them out?

HUB: We are mentors ourselves and we grow more mentors. If you come into the Hub, after one year of learning from the Hub, we make you a mentor. Some of them volunteers to be mentors to help encourage other young ones.

FR News:  Is technology lucrative in this part of the world?

HUB: Technology is amazing. The developed countries are running very fast with technology because no country can develop without technology. For now, and in the past, the acceptance has not been encouraging but I tell you the truth the time is coming when nobody can escape from technology. Is going to be everywhere. There’s technology in health, education, military, agriculture, commerce.  There’s hope that in the nearest future people will appreciate the use of tech to solve problems more.

FR News:  How can the government come in to encourage more young people to embrace technology as a way of generating revenue for themselves

HUB:  Government has a major role to play and if they are not playing this role, the development of tech is going to be very slow. First of all, they need to upgrade our curriculum to fit industry standard. They should introduce and create awareness of opportunities in technology from primary school to make it easier for them to get a hand on it from the young age. To develop the technology ecosystem, government must identify and work with hubs.

FR News: You mentioned incubation, can you speak more about it?

We run this program called an incubation program. The incubation program is called Ken Jnr Incubation Programme. Every six months, we call for application from persons who have been able to use technology to solve issues in any sector, then we select the best four and incubate them.  We the give each of the participating startups the basic support to help them grow through an enabling environment. We give them an office space, we give them power, internet and train them on marketing, legal, engineering and other areas that will help them to succeed and then we give them N500,000 to support them. The incubation programme was designed to support people who want to set up businesses that would help the Niger Delta economy grow.

FR News: When is your next incubation circle?

We are currently doing the second Cohort which is a group of people in a particular incubation program. The present set will graduate in the next two months and after that we will call for applications for the next cohort.

FR News: What’s the future of the Ken Saro-Wiwa Innovation Center in the next five to ten years?

HUB:  in the next five to ten years if we keep doing what we are doing now, we would have been able to produce some of the best technology people in Port Harcourt and the Niger Delta. We hope to see startups that have become million dollar companies. Also we should have expanded to all the states in the Niger Delta

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Gov. Diri Presents N310 billion 2022 budget of sustainable growth

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… happy with implementation of 2021 budget

His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri, Governor of Bayelsa State has presented the 2022 budget estimates of N310, 717,608,353.00 Billion Naira to the State House of Assembly for consideration.

The 2022 budget is tagged,” Budget of Sustainable Growth.”

The State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure was allocated the highest figure of N51 billion naira for capital project followed by Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources which had N12 billion naira. N4billion is the proposed figure for Education.

Because of drop in allocation, the revenue projection is slightly lower than the 2021 Budget by N19 billion indicating a reduction of about 3.54%.

The Governor who was accompanied to the presentation by the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, also said the 2021 budget had a great performance and that many projects and achievements were recorded in various sectors including education, roads, and agriculture.

“The projects include:
• Construction of Unity Bridge in Nembe
• Construction of Elebele Bridge in Ogbia
• Dualization and Re-designing of the Tombia Round-about
• Construction of the Sagbama/Ekeremor Road.
• Construction of Yenagoa – Oporoma Road.
• Construction of AIT – Igbogene Outer Ring Road.
• Construction of Igbedi Road
• Construction of Glory Drive – just to mention a few

“Mr. Speaker, our Prosperity Government is also formulating a 30-year long-term development plan for the State, may I now proceed with a summary of the 2022 Appropriation Bill tagged “BUDGET OF SUSTAINABLE GROWTH”.

“In concluding, Mr. Speaker, I will not stop thanking God for His infinite mercies and the good people of Bayelsa State for their continuous support, patience, sacrifices and the goodwill they have extended to our Government. We are determined to continue to build confidence in our people by being proactive in the formulation and implementation of our policies.”

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EFCC Arraigns Managing Director for N6bn Deceased PHCN Insurance Benefit Fraud

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The EFCC, on Thursday, 21 October, 2021 arraigned the Managing Director of PJO Ventures Limited, Cecilia Osipitan and her company, PJO VENTURES LIMITED, and INSURANCE RESOURCERY and CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED before justice U.P Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, Abuja on a nine count charge bordering criminal breach of trust, conspiracy and conversion of public funds to the tune of N6, 000,000,000.00(Six billion Naira).
The money was meant for the payment of outstanding insurance premiums and claims of deceased and incapacitated staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, (PHCN). The offence contravenes Section 311 of the Panel Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, (Abuja) 2004 and punishable under Section 312 of the same Act.

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