By Funmi Adekoya

The Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has directed immediate establishment of a support desk for Osun technology innovators and entrepreneurs to access the recently launched 618 USD technology fund by the African Development Bank, AFDB.

In response to the tech fund which was a collaboration between the AfDB and the Federal Government of Nigeria,

Governor Adeleke in a statement by his Spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed expressed readiness of his government to tap into the opportunities in furtherance of the digital economy agenda of his administration.

Governor Adeleke who was full of praises for the AFDB President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said his administration has created enabling environment for Osun technology ecosystem, citing the recently unfolded state ICT Policy, State Tech Innovation Policy, domestication of Nigeria’s Startup Act, the flag off of the state’s broadband fiber optic project and the establishment of a Digital Advisory Board.

He lauded Dr. Adesina for consistently demonstratibg his commitment to supporting the growth and development of African economies, and his efforts towards the development of the technology and creative sector in Nigeria are commendable.

The Governor commended the African Development Bank for domiciling the fund in the Bank of Industry to prevent it from being politicized stressing that it is a great step towards ensuring that the fund is used for its intended purpose and will benefit the technology and creative sector in Nigeria.

He urged all technology and creative sector entrepreneurs in Osun State to engage directly with the Ministry and register as a stakeholder operating within the state.

While pledging to unfold the second phase of the state digital economy agenda in due course, Governor Adeleke called on Osun elite to join his administration in the drive to harness the potential of the technology and creative sector and create a vibrant and innovative ecosystem in Osun State.

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