Reported by Ademu Seidu H.
Kogi State Commissioner for Education Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones, has assured that the State Government would give the needed support to ensure that the Technology Incubation Centre (TIC) in Lokoja, takeoff as soon as possible.
Jones gave the assurance on Wednesday during his assessment tour to the facilities at the TIC centre located along Hassan Usman Kastina road, Zone 8, Lokoja.
Addressing the federal staff at the centre, the Commissioner commended the Federal Government for its decision to site the multipurpose facilities in Kogi to create employment, boost economy and promote entrepreneurial skills for the people of the state.
He assured the staff of the total support of the government to the centre for immediate takeoff, while describing the structure and equipment on ground at the centre as massive.
He further assured the entrepreneurs that the State Government would ensure that the centre is connected to the national grid as soon as possible.
”By the grace of God, we will work together, we will play a very open door policy; feel free to come with ideas on how we can grow the centre to the benefit of our people and move Kogi state forward.
Earlier, Mr Mustapha Abdulsalam, the Centre Manager, Technology Incumbation Centre Lokoja, a Board under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, commended the Commissioner for the visit, describing it as an indication of the Gov. Yahaya Bello’s keen interest in the centre.
According to Abdulsalam, the board has the mandate to reduce poverty using technology incubation as a tool to engaging younger ones in entrepreneurial skills in order to be self reliant and be employers of labour.
He made a passionate appeal to the commissioner for quick intervention by the State Government in ensuring that the centre was promptly connected to the national grid as enshrined in the existing MoU between the Federal and State Government.