By Festus Ahon
ASABA—DELTA State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has advocated a paradigm shift from dependence on revenue from oil to revenue generation from knowledge-based development.
Speaking at the public presentation of the Delta State Innovation Hub, DS-HUB, cum commissioning of Innovation Hall of Fame and the E-Government Academy in Asaba, Okowa said: “Delta State Innovation Hub – from oil to knowledge-based development, is important in our state because innovation is critical for long-term economic growth and sustainable development in both the developed and developing world.
He said: “It fosters regional, national and global competitiveness, creates employment and helps to address and resolve major social conflicts in any given society. In moving away from oil to a knowledge-based development, there is a comprehensive economic development blueprint and strategy to build technologically based skill capacities, support and empower entrepreneurs, generate new employment model for our youths, create wealth and reduce poverty.
“In driving the state’s economy, we are developing an innovation and science agenda as a key component in bridging the huge gaps and deficiencies in our education, health, industry, entertainment, governance, social and state security systems.”
Okowa commended ICT experts for their interests in partnering his administration to develop an innovation hub and create job opportunities, saying that the “Innovation Hub – DS-IHUB, can attain noble heights if we put our minds to work in moving this project forward.”
Calling for sponsorship to enable the state establish the State Innovation Development Fund , IDF, the governor said: “I encourage all youths to acquire computer skills and encourage e-governance and digital literacy skills in the civil service and other institutions.”
Minister of Communications, Mr Shittu Adebayo, at the event, stressed the readiness of the Federal Government to support the state government in the funding of the Innovation Hub. He said the Federal Government would soon establish six hubs of this nature across the country.