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‘The launch of Digital Innovation Hubs will profer solutions to technology problems’ – Dr Thuweba

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‘The launch of Digital Innovation Hubs will profer solutions to technology problems’ – Dr Thuweba

The GIZ “Digital Transformation Center Nigeria – DTC Nigeria” has launched the call for proposals on Digital Innovation Hub in Nigeria.

The launch event took place on Wednesday in Victoria Island, Lagos State.

Dr Thuweba Diwani, the head of the project, GIZ Digital Solutions for sustainable development, during her welcome address revealed that over 75% of MSMEs do not have access to digital technology, and this has greatly affected their businesses.

She said the launch of Digital Innovation Hubs will help provide solutions to technology problems.

Still speaking, Dr Diwani said that the digital innovation hubs are not restricted to Lagos only. She said it can be established in any state of the federation.

The technical adviser of GIZ Digital solutions for sustainable development in Nigeria, Mr Emmanuel Oladele, while presenting the Digital Innovation hub and launching the website said, “GIZ “Digital transformation centre Nigeria” is working and focusing on four output areas.

” The first is to ensure facilitation of all corporations between policy actors and all actors in the innovation ecosystem in Nigeria.

“Secondly, it’s to see how we can improve cooperation of hubs and innovation support of organisations in Nigeria.

“Thirdly, it’s to oversee how validated digital solutions are available to the economy of Nigeria.

“Lastly, to ensure the balance gap of gender within the ecosystem and how to improve the digital skills of the female-led entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

“These are the overview of the DTC project,” he stated.

It was gathered that digital innovation hubs are a coordinated group of organisations with complementary expertise and public benefit objectives, offering services to companies to support their digital transformation and innovation through a one-stop shop.

Mr Oladele said that the digital innovation hub seeks to create an ecosystem that allows for the transfer of knowledge and technology.

While speaking on the call for proposals, Oladele said that the digital innovation hub aims to spread in the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria. As this will allow a large number of people to participate in digital technology and the application of its knowledge.

Speaking about the deadline for the submission of the call for proposals, he said, “The deadline for the submission of the proposal is the 11th of November 2022.

He said there will be a first stage review of the proposals between November and the 9th of December, 2022.

To apply for the Digital Innovation Hub, log into the website,

https://www.dtcnigeria.ng/apply

He advised all participants to duly follow the guidelines on the website and not ignore any requirements at all.

Earlier, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa, who was represented by Barrister Chioma Okee–Aguguo, in a statement said: “It is through initiatives like this that our start-up businesses will be able to grow globally competitive companies.

“As the Apex regulator of the information technology sector in Nigeria, NITDA always appreciate and identifies with any initiative aimed at boosting the growth of digital innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) are the surest way to help lift Nigerians out of poverty and support the government in its economic diversification efforts through the creation of innovation building enterprises”.

“Furthermore, NITDA is open to working with private sector partners that are committed to the development of digital innovation hubs to further help and expand the technology innovation and ecosystem in Nigeria.

“The agency will never relent in the determination to continue supporting the initiative through startups to develop more innovation”.

The event was graced by representatives from Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry, LCCI; Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council, LASRIC, National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA and others.

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