The Kaduna State government is the latest to join the build-an-ICT-hub craze that seems to be making rounds amongst state governments these days. The Kaduna State Government commissioned the first state-owned ICT hub, built in partnership with Zenith Bank, in the state last week.
State governor Nasir El-Rufai commissioned the space during the recently concluded KadInvest 2.0 Summit — an event aimed at convincing investors home and abroad that the state in the “Investment destination of choice.” Some of the personalities present include Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano, Donald Duke, and Twitter personality, J.J. Omojuwa.
Government-owned institutions and edifices have a terrible precedent of anticipated decay. That is not to say the Kaduna State ICT Hub will follow the same path — at least someone is doing something to encourage the future — but the socio-economic impact of the hub and its contribution to the Nigerian tech story will have to be sustained.
States like Lagos and Anambra have made interesting moves to push ICT innovation at state level. The hope of all stakeholders in the space would be that this is further replicated and the rest of the country starts to see the tech space for what it is — the future.