The presentation of laptop computers to the indigenes of Kanke Local Government Area, who are trainees in the ongoing Code Plateau Software Development and Digital Skills acquisition training, is in line with the Local Government’s deliberate attempt in fulfilling part of our administration’s third priority area, aimed at Human Capital Development which includes youth development to support this Rescue Administration’s third pillar policy thrust on sustainable economic rebirth, which seeks to aggressively harness the bulging youth population in areas of entrepreneurship and ICT, to key into the strategic approach of PICTDA in creating impact and a new knowledge economy in Plateau State.
The Silicon Plateau Project with its flagship programme known as Code Plateau, which is aimed at re-skilling Plateau youths who are interested in kick starting their careers in IT, and preparing them for the Job market, by providing them with a collaborative learning environment and all-around support from technical to industry job readiness, is no doubt a world class initiative and worthy of our support as a Local Government.
Permit me to officially state that Kanke Local Government has keyed into the INNOVATE PLATEAU project that seeks to create innovation clusters so that people can achieve their goals by leveraging on the opportunities afforded them via technology, in the 17 Local Government Areas of Plateau state.
As a local administration, we have achieved a lot so far in Kanke Local Government via progressive partnerships through our commitment towards building a sustainable community, as captured in our 2019 budget tagged “Budget of inclusion”. And as we approach our one year celebration in office, our achievements, progress reports, challenges and upcoming programmes will be unveiled. As a result of this, the local government’s administration has decided to assemble a young and vibrant team known as the “Kanke New Media”. And with the preliminary work on the proposed Kanke Innovation Hub, herein referred to as K-iHub which has already commenced, we hope to maximise the skills of the code Plateau trainees to tell our remarkable story as a people.
I wish to appreciate the Executive Governor of Plateau State, His Excellency RT. Hon. Dr. Simon Bako Lalong, for his commitment to progress in the state. And to also congratulate the newly appointed Secretary to the Government of the State, Professor Danladi Atu and the Chief of Staff to the Governor Mr. Noel Dongjur and to appreciate him for the provision of this hall..
I also wish to thank the Director General of the Plateau State Information and Communication Technology Development Agency, Mr. David Daser and his team for their doggedness in driving this new agency to greater heights. And to also congratulate the agency on launching the first Rural Technology Awareness programme in Nigeria; “PICTDA on Wheels” an initiative of the agency that aims to drive technological awareness in the rural communities across the 17 Local Government Areas of the state in line with the Rescue Administration Policy of Governor Simon Bako Lalong, that seeks to achieve PICTDA’s vision of making Plateau State among the best 3 ICT hubs in West Africa by 2025. Today we can confidently assert that we have joined other Africans in the conversation regarding the place of Africa in the 4th industrial revolution.