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Local start-ups charged to support moves to make Nigeria leading ICT hub in Africa



Local start-ups charged to support moves to make Nigeria leading ICT hub in Africa

Local start-ups in the country have been charged to support Nigeria’s aspiration and road map to become a leading Information Communication Technology (ICT) Hub in the whole of Africa.

The call to make Nigeria become Africa’s ICT destination hub was made by Heritage Bank Plc, during the launch of the of the maiden edition of the new innovation-driven concept, HB LAB, in Lagos.

While commending the 10 teams of contestants who made it to the LAB, the Executive Director of the bank, Jude Monye also charged the contestants to replicate the Rwanda’s ICT digital tech system feats.

He, however, canvassed for indigenous production of advanced technological systems which could challenge the status quo with the motive of impacting positively on the critical sectors of the nation’s economy.

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Monye explained that Heritage Bank has ceded the professional handling of the 12-week competition to a consultancy firm…..According to him, this was done to allow for professionalism, fair-play and objectivity.

He further stated that his management was not really particular about any sector of the economy, as the winner could emerge from any industry as long as his proposal is strong enough to impact positively on the various sectors. His words: “We are not zeroing in on any particular idea or industry; we are more interested in the result achievable in different sectors.”

About 154 applicants who applied were narrowed to 30 who made above average score and grouped into 10 Teams, whilst at the end of the 12 weeks programme will produce the best Tech start-up as a Team.

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