Edo State is recording a rise in the number of tech startups and a boom in entrepreneurial activities on the back of investment in digital infrastructure, as well as reforms to guarantee the growth of businesses in the state by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration.
The media aide to the governor, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, disclosed this in statement issued yesterday.The statement reads: With the surge, the state is being repositioned to become the leading startup ecosystem on the African continent, ready to contribute its fair share to the $6.6 billion Africa’s startup ecosystem.
“The growth is hinged on government’s commitment to utilising technology to facilitate economic growth and development, leveraging the state’s youthful population.
“The Obaseki-led administration is pursuing nuanced policies to place the state as Africa’s digital hub, expanding internet access, providing digital infrastructure, and ensuring a conducive environment for tech entrepreneurs to drive the state’s digital economy.”
According to him, the state government, in partnership with leading global tech giants, including MainOne, Facebook and Global Independent Connect Limited (GICL), among others, has laid at least 400km fibre optic internet infrastructure (250 miles), aimed at boosting internet connectivity and providing the needed support to grow the tech ecosystem, including technology hubs and parks in the state.
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