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Calabar forum to boost Rivers education, farming

07 April 2014, 20:52

Rivers - The Rivers State Government said all necessary arrangements had been put in place to ensure a successful hosting of this year Innovation Forum.

The event is scheduled for April 11 at the Tinapa Lakeside Hotel in Calabar.

The forum, which is sponsored by Microsoft and Nokia in partnership with global development advisors,Dahlberg, will focus on how innovation could be used to specifically boost the agricultural and educational sectors of the economy.

Technology innovators are expected to make presentation at the forum with their solution on how the two sectors could be revitalized using  tech solutions.

The forum would also provide a great platform for public-private partnerships across the widest number of stakeholders including governments, businesses, academia, civil society and local entrepreneurs.

Special Adviser to the Cross Rivers State Governor on ICT, Odo Effiong said the state is delighted to host the forum as it looked to ICT as a means to end excess dependence on oil.

Effiong said the choice of agriculture and education, was timely as over 70 percent of the state population are mostly farmers and are expected to benefit from solutions expected to be unveiled at the forum.

“We want to see how technology can be used to change the mentality of our people and reposition farmers in the State, who make about 70 percent of the population. We are excited to partner Nokia, Microsoft and other stakeholders who are interested in using ICT to better the worth of the rural dwellers as well," he said.

“We are re-strategizing on ICT usage. We are thinking outside the box by not depending on oil as the only source of revenue or to build our developmental plans on oil. For instance, 60 out of 242 public schools in the State have been upgraded with ICT facilities to meet the educational quests of our people,” he said,

Ijeoma Abazie, Head, Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Nigeria, said at least 12 developers are expected to make presentations on solutions to galvanize education and agricultural sectors in the State and Nigeria in general.

She said some of the developers have already demonstrated and implemented such solutions in other states.

- CAJ News

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