MTN offers continued support for Nigeria's tech hubs
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
MTN Nigeria has pledged support for Nigeria’s technology space and the building of a future enabled by technology.
Speaking during the visit of the telco’s management to tech hubs in Lagos, its Chief Executive Officer, Ferdi Moolman, said the telco would help the hubs with the provision of test API/sandbox; provision of proof of concept support on relevant ideas and partnership on ideas for go-to-market commercialisation as part of its BRIGHT strategy to grow digital platforms that can transform the lives of Nigerians.
Other members of the team on the visit were Chief Transformation Officer, Bayo Adekanmbi, Sales and Distribution Executive, Adekunle Adebiyi and Human Resource Executive, Esther Akinnukawe.
Moolman said: “I must say that we are impressed with what we have seen here today, and we are filled with optimism for the future. I assure you of MTN’s commitment in the areas of technological and any other necessary support you could need to achieve full potentials.
“Technology innovation hubs are unarguably the shortest cut to job creation, bridging of the gap between the developed and developing world and to economic diversification. We are already feeling the impact of your work and I will say more power to your elbow.”
According to him, MTN has defined various touch points to grow the potential of innovative hubs across the country. These include the immersion of the MTN Nigeria Graduate Development Trainees in the innovation hub with a view to keeping them abreast of local trends through structured visits, participation in hackathon and projects, and leveraging innovation hub for ideation, concept testing, go-to-market validation and technical feedback.
During the visits, the hubs showcased some of their achievements, ongoing projects and challenges. While appreciating the assistance so far received from government and corporate bodies, they appealed for increased support to enable them contribute optimally to the economic development of the country.
The Nigerian innovation market is one of the fastest growing in the sub-region with over 55 active technology hubs. These include incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, fab labs, makerspaces, and other innovation centres.