The growing profile of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-backed Edo Innovation Hub has attracted the interest of more technology companies, as Wikipedia has expressed readiness to work with the Hub in building local capacity to deploy technology in solving societal problems.
The hub also known as Edo Innovates, hosted Wikimedia Foundation, a global educational resource organization and parent company of Wikipedia, popular online encyclopedia.
Speaking during the visit of representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, Head of EdoJobs and Senior Special Assistant to Governor Obaseki on Skills Development and Job Creation, Mrs. Ukinebo Dare, said that the state is delighted at the steady progress of the Edo Innovation Hub, noting that the governor is working to ensure that there is a conducive environment for the growth of a top-notch tech ecosystem in the state to be driven by the hub.
She noted that a lot has been put in place to attract young people in the state to the facility so they can learn in-demand skills for jobs and entrepreneurship in the tech space.
According to her, “We are excited to receive the team. The Wikimedia Team is here to see what we have in place and it is refreshing that they are excited about the facilities here. We are ready to partner with them to groom techpreneurs in the state as well as content creators that will make a living from the Internet.”
Mr. Olushola Olaniyen, who led the Wikimedia Foundation Nigeria team, said that they were impressed by the state-of-the-art facilities at the hub, noting, “We want to see how we can work with the government especially with Edo Innovates hub.
During a tour of the hub, Olaniyi urged interns on a LinkedIn training session to exploit the opportunity to build a strong presence on the Internet, as they stand to gain a lot from maximising the training by building a professional profile.