Empowerment

Abuja, April 17, 2019 The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Wednesday

says the agency is set to empower youths within Enugu and the South East region with Information Communication

Technology (ICT) skills through its Start-Up Friday (SUF) programme on April 26.

SUF programme is a technology entrepreneurs’ gathering designed by NITDA and implemented by its subsidiary —

Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE).

Dr Amina Sambo-Magaji, the National Coordinator of OIIE, in a statement in Abuja, noted that “the SUF in Enugu

would be the last round of igniting the six geo-political regions across the country.”

were encouraged and supported by government.

She added that SUF was part of the agency’s activities aimed at developing the technology ecosystem across the country.

“The programme is not just for Enugu but also Abia, Anambra, Aba, Ebonyi and Imo states. This completes the first

round of our regional technology ecosystem ignition.’’

According to her, OIIE will carry out an evaluation to analyse feedbacks from the programmes at the end of the SUF in Enugu.

She also said that the SUF would be hosted in collaboration with ICT hubs and universities in the South-East region,

which was targeted at bringing together the regional ecosystem stakeholders.

The national coordinator added that through the programme, participants would be given the opportunity to pitch their

business ideas, where outstanding innovators would be identified and supported by the agency.

“Innovators stand the chance to submit their pitch decks and get seed funds to get their start-up off the ground to

prototype, to working product and commercialisation.