By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT-HARCOURT â€” Nigerians have been urged to embrace the new Information Communication Technology, ICT, culture as it would fast-track development in the society. Â
Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who made the appeal in Port-Harcourt, yesterday, while commissioning the ultra-modern information, communications and technology centre donated by Zenith Bank Plc to the state government, said the centre would help to increase business activities in the state.
He expressed the hope that ICT, beyond its negative uses in Nigeria where some persons used it to perpetrate fraud, was an avenue to interact globally, and could serve as a place for people to go and study computer or ICT in the state.
Amaechi, who expressed confidence in the relationship between the state government and Zenith Bank, said the government would discuss with the bank to see if it could partner in the management of the centre.
The Governor noted that the people of Rivers State were grateful to the bank for its contributions towards the growth of the economy of the state, adding that their friendship with the state government would continue.
Earlier, the Deputy Managing Director, Zenith Bank Plc, Mr Godwin Emefiele, who represented the Group Managing Director, Mr Jim Ovia, said the fully equipped Information Communications and Technology (ICT) centre was donated by the bank to the Rivers State government as part of its social responsibility programme.
According to him, it is also the bankâ€™s cardinal policy to show gratitude to Rivers community for providing an enabling environment for business to thrive in the state.
Emefiele said the establishment of the centre was anchored on Governor Amaechiâ€™s vision for the development of a state based on active corporate involvement under Public Private Partnership (PPP) Scheme.