- The South East TechDev Summit held on the 6th December, 2016 was convened to create awareness and disruption in South East. The Summit had delegates from various stakeholder groups: academia, students, private sector and public sector.
- The Executive Governor of Enugu State, Hon. Ifeanyi Lawrence Ugwuanyi was represented by the Honourable Commissioner for Science and Technology – Engr Greg Nnaji under the chairmanship of Engr. Ernest Ndukwe, Chairman Open Media Group while other dignitaries included the Permanent Secretary and Director of Finance, Ministry of Science and Technology, Enugu State, Pius Okigbo Jr. Thought Leadership presenters that included panel discussants during the summit were amongst others: Chris Uwaje, DG DS HUB, Delta State, Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, CEO, Infographics. Others are the vice chancellor of University of Nigeria, Nsukka. DG WISG
- TechDev 2016 is a platform to accelerate technology development in the South East. The essence of this summit is to create disruption in the South East and change Ndigbo perception on ICT starting from Enugu that has a rich academia base. Technology is at the bedrock of any economy. If Nigeria must join the league of advanced Nations, she must ramp up investments in technology and support Tech start-ups to grow. The conveners of TechDev hopes to take the message to every nook and cranny of the Nigerian state in the months ahead because, Technology remains the only way we can leapfrog development in order to catch up with our peers in the rest of the world. We seek also that conversations will continue by Ndigbo after this summit for our South East tech development.
4. After presentations, panel discussions and Question and Answer Sessions, the summit came up with thefollowing observations and gaps regarding Technology Development in South East:
– That there is huge potential for regional clusters especially cities like Enugu that are ripe for Innovation Hubs and this should be prioritised.
- That in line with global trends, State Governments should consider Universal Access and Service for its citizens as part of their SDG goals and as a fundamental human right
- That Stakeholders in the South East: academia, students, Industry, should collaborate to accelerate the emergence of the Digital Economy in the South East and the diversification from the dependency on oil.
- That the State Government through various incentives encourage the private sector to invest in the state beginning with the commitment made at the Summit to establish a Software Academy in Enugu by Q1 2017’ and in all state capitals of the SE within 12 months.
- That there is need to excite and raise awareness to the potentials of ICT as an accelerator to economic development, wealth creation and youth employment/entrepreneurship.
- That there is need to revamp the educational curriculum from the primary to tertiary institutions in line with global reality to the skills required for the 21st century including critical thinking, problem-solving, research capability, collaborative work and effective communication.
- That the teaching faculty across all tiers should be up skilled and trained to deliver 21st Century Education
- That the State Governments should provide incentives for the rapid and pervasive expansion of broadband in currently under-served regions through the massive investment in fibre infrastructure required.
- That adoption of cloud Services should be encouraged across Nigeria to drive greater efficiencies and support the establishment of Smart Cities to create an attractive work and living environment with a concomitant impact on economic investment in the regions.
- That there is need to enhance the capacity of the educational system to provide relevant R & D in synch with industry and government as well as attract funding for continuous and sustainable investment in educational infrastructure.