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History as Nigeria assembles first Ipad, phone in Calabar

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Apparently riding on the crest of emerging as Africa’s largest economy, with new GDP rate at $509 billion, Nigeria made history again down in Calabar, Cross River State, as some young Nigerian ICT trainees assembled and presented the first Ipad device at the Calabar Phone and Ipad Assembling plant component of the Niger Delta Skill Acquisition Centre.

The feat came to the fore at the graduation of the Centre’s first batch of 100 trainees, in which the device was presented to Governor Liyel Imoke by the Supervising Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Darius Ishaku.

Ishaku said the idea of the phone assembling plant was initiated as part of the ICT policy of the Ministry, in collaboration with Nigerian ICT Professionals in Diaspora.

“The effort has today culminated in what is referred to as the Niger Delta Skill Acquisition Centre for phone and Ipad assembling plant to empower youths in the region.”

According to the Minister, “the choice of Calabar for (siting) the plant was not in error. It was deliberate because of its proximity to the Free Trade Zone (FTZ), which will make it possible for the entrepreneurs to export their finished products outside the country, coupled with the prevailing peace and security, as well as the ambience of the state. We found the best place for this project in Niger Delta, here in Calabar,” he stated.

Details of the apps content of the Ipad were not immediately available at the time filing in this report.

Governor Imoke said thus: “Impacting the necessary skill on the youths is imperative, if there must be meaningful development in the country.”

The governor commended the Niger Delta Affairs ministry for “its effort in implementing aggressive youth empowerment programme, of which ICT is a key component.

“It indicates genuine intention to transform the country and better the lots of youths in the region,” said Imoke.

He reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to youth empowerment and wealth creation initiative of the Federal Government; and lauded the President Goodluck Jonathan administration for envisaging the exploration of ICT potentials amongst the youth which products, he noted, dominated the market today.

Governor Imoke maintained that “with over 100 million active mobile phone users and over 50 million Nigerians having access to the Internet, the phone assembly plant is the best move for youths to benefit from the huge demand in the sector.”

According to him, the initiative would tremendously bridge the skill gap and grow the economy.

He lauded the ministry for siting the plant in Calabar and promised to collaborate with the Centre to ensure that it does not only operate in a sustainable manner, but also expand its existing facility to carter for more needs and accommodate more youths in the region.

Article Credit: BusinessDay Newspaper

Updated 6 Years ago

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