Where Are Governor Akeredolu's Info Tech Hubs In Ondo?
The information technology hub claimed to have been built across the three senatorial districts of Ondo state by Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has remained an illusion.
Stakeholders across the state are curious to know the exact location of the technology hub.
The curiosity was triggered by the affirmation of the governor at the commissioning of Ultra-Modern Digital Resource Centre donated to Owo High School, Owo by one of its old students, Mr. Foluso Falaye.
While inaugurating the project over the weekend, Akeredolu who was represented by his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, said the government has established Information technology hubs in the three senatorial districts of the state.
"The state government has established Information Technology Hub in each of the three senatorial districts of the state.
"This was facilitated after the state government signed a tripartite MOU with the Akure TechUp, a community of technology startups in Akure" he said.
The statement which was expected to have been greeted with a loud applause instantly carried a question mark to which no one has been able to proffer an answer.
A top government official confirmed to Bounce News that the first and only technology hub was built in Akure at the Federal University of Technology.
According to him, the hub which was commissioned by first lady, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu is located at botanical gardens inside FUTA, and has not been opened for use since its commissioning in February.
A senior lecturer at the computer science department of the institution who spoke to Bounce News on the condition of anonymity confirmed that a tech hub was commissioned in February.
"The Information technology centre was truly commissioned by the wife of governor in February but no one has been able to access it since then.
"Non of our students have gone back there since that day. It is not in use.
"The project was part of the activities marking the first anniversary of the governor in office" he told us.
A computer science student at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, who simply identified himself as Sayo said there was no tech hub anywhere in the northern part of the state.
"I'm a student of AAUA and I hail from Ikare Akoko, so if such a life transforming project is established in my area, I will know because of the benefit I stand to get from it.
“Since it was said about five months ago, nothing has been heard on it. Not even a foundation has been laid for its building. So I was surprised when I heard that it had been built everywhere.
"When I heard it, the first question I asked was, where and when was it built? Then I soon realised that we are dealing with politicians whose stocks in trade are lies."
The state Commissioner for Finance, Wale Akinterinwa, while speaking to journalists in February on the anniversary activities, had promised that the hub in FUTA will be replicated across the state.
While it was promised that a similar centre will be replicated in the northern and southern part of the state, there is however nothing to show that the promise will see the light of the day.
It is therefore safe to say that the claim by the governor that the state government has established Information Technology Hubs in the three senatorial districts is false.
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