Osinbajo Declares Open, The North-East Humanitarian Innovation Hub In Yola Adamawa
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed some of Federal Government’s move to create opportunities for youths across the country stressing that one of the main concerns that the nation has is the youth.
Osinbajo who gave a speech at the launching of the North-East Humanitarian Innovation Hub In Yola, Adamawa State, On June 5, 2018 noted that one of the importance of the hub is to put Youths Innovation “in introspection, to enable that sort of thinking in an environment that allows it, an environment that is conducive for that kind of thinking and innovation.”
The Vice President has expressed optimism at the way youth innovations are coming up, saying that “I am totally convinced, and so l believe, that the way forward for our country is innovation and technology and the young people who we see every day, who are able to do all these incredible things, represent the future of our country and represent it so dramatically, graphically that we are all confident that where we are going is indeed a place of great prosperity and abundance having regards to all that we see today.
The Vice President who also disclosed the federal government’s plan to open other innovation hubs across the country, noted that the location at Pan-African University in Lagos would be open in a few weeks.
“The Federal Government is really determined to work through with these innovation hubs. We plan to have six innovation hubs across the country; this is just one. In a couple of weeks, we will be opening a climate change innovation hub at the Pan-African University in Lagos also in collaboration with our Social Intervention Programme”.
We are also doing a school challenge, university challenge, university and polytechnic innovations’ challenge which will involve students from across Nigeria, the portal for that has been opened and I’m sure so many have already applied for it.
As part of that, we are building six university connected innovation hubs across the country, starting with the University of Lagos. The building has already started.
This is going to be really outstanding hubs with some four floors using containers and there is going to be a lot of innovation. Just the building and the concept alone is extremely innovative and, of course, it’s been done by the young men and women who will be using the hub itself.
So we are working and we are trying to do the work very hard and consistently with all of the young men and women who are into innovation. Just last week, l was at the Ventures Hub in Abuja where you know so many incredible things are going on.
Then we talked about the Creativity and Technology Council, which is a council we are setting up as part of our Industrial and Creativity Council. This is where we assemble the well-known business and captains of industry to help shape industrial policy. But we found that we are not bringing on board the young men women who are defining the future by creativity and technology, and even entertainment.
So, we are setting up as part of the competitiveness council on creativity and technology and advisory council which include the young men and women who are into innovation and with all of these various incredible things that we are seeing, so that they can also help shape policy, effective policy around technology, innovation and creativity and to see how we can effectively work with people all over the world.
The Vice president promised that “the Creativity Council is going to work closely with us to develop all of these policies.
As, Osinbajo declared the Hub Opened, He said, “the North-East Humanitarian Hub is not just an idea, not just something that was stumbled upon as part of the Social Investment Programme (SIP). It is, in my view, a very deliberate attempt to bring innovation and to cultivate innovation all across the country, and this happens to be one of those centres where we intend to cultivate innovation and to cultivate creativity.
I have been around the hub, l have seen, the working spaces, the 3D printing facility, the Makeathon Boat camp, and you know all that is on display here at the hub.
And I’m sure that all of us listening to those who participated in the boot camp and all that they were able to preach – film production; Eliot and Andy tracking devices for children; Daniel and Abubakar using alternative building materials and able to complete building projects in three weeks; All the life-box browsing without the Internet; Letha and Bolus with the Farm integrated system; Abubakar’s automated irrigation control; Zainab’s hygiene dignity kit for women; and the Maikanti farm-for-market solution; Wandoo, the payment system for delivering aid; Gbenga’s Gasman Bio-Centres connected to kitchens; to disposal of human waste and convert it to energy; and Tunde Taiwo’s very aggressive speech to persuade us that we have to do something about 8.3 million children throughout the schools. We are trying to make sure the numbers go down and we will be working with you certainly.
Of course, again, the women’s textiles initiative, the School Management System and all that; the 3D printing of artificial limbs, and we saw a situation where Mohammed was fitted with one of those artificial limbs.
“I therefore formally declare open this North-East Humanitarian Innovation Hub for the benefit of the people of the North-East and also the benefit of all Nigerian people, the whole world and to the glory of God”. he said
The Vice President earlier thanked the Adamawa State government for hosting him and his team describing them as the “silver lining through the cloud of insurgency in the North East”,
The fact that we have been able to discover creativity and the ability to innovate is so remarkable. There are so many young men and women in the North-East to be celebrate, he said
The Vice president thanked all those who have bee supporting the Government,“especially the ICRC, that work so closely with the Makeathon and the mentors that worked excellently with all of the people who have participated in this Makeathon”.