One of the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative’s supported projects the North East Makethon has culminated in the setting up of the first ever North East Humanitarian and Innovation Hub. The hub is a project of the Nigerian National Social Investments Programm NNSIP under the office of the Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
The idea behind the hub is to foster creative local solutions to local problems emanating from the ongoing conflict in the North East, stated the Head of Media and Communications PCNI, Alkasim Abdulkadir.
The event was flagged off by the Vice President where he restated the government’s commitment in establishing more hubs across the country to not only provide opportunities for growth but to also seek to utilize the great talents abound in Nigeria. According to him, the hubs are meant to harness technologies and turn technical ideas developed by individuals into industrial products.
He declared that technology and innovation were critical for national development for a prosperous country. He said that the process of rebuilding the North East was one of the major priorities of the present administration.
The representative of the Chairman of the PCNI Lt Gen TY Danjuma rtd -a member of the PCNI board Engr Mohammed Gambo Umar mni in his address stated that the PCNI had been working closely with the Office of the Vice President, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the American University of Nigeria and the PCNI has supported the North East Makeathon process to provide innovative solutions to some of the greatest challenges impeding the delivery of humanitarian aid across the region.
The statement further quoted Engr Umar stating that the PCNI was committed in being part of the solution building process in the North East and it was the motivation that informed the coordination agency’s decision to take advantage of the large pool of talent that exists within Nigeria to solve our problems for the benefit of a region that has suffered greatly from the impact of the insurgency.