Today a dream comes through! Qua’an Pan has made history.
The question about why the Government of Plateau State is advocating for the establishment of innovation hubs across the seventeen local governments in the state cuts from the realisations that certain indigenous knowledge require fusion of scientific knowledge in the creation of solutions that can be culturally acceptable, economically feasible and environmentally sustainable for our societies and also to serve as centres that would augment both our primary and secondary education with the skills needed for the future of work before they migrate to the cities to attain higher education.
“Every local government at this time should be a part of the global conversation on innovation that creates markets and technology.”
Our diverse indigenous communities have always been innovative, but for subsistence purpose. We have seen this in the areas of farming, traditional healing, orthopaedic, making of domestic equipment and so on. Plateau State is therefore currently in dare need of formalising these traditional knowledge to cater for a commercial demand in size and scale, this could be our way of taking young people off the streets and creating lots of jobs. But why? The innovation hubs would be centres for this fusion and would also help discover markets for the commercialisation of these innovations.
Every local government at this time should be a part of the global conversation on innovation that creates markets and technology. I have always opined that the real developmental data is in our rural communities and any local government that does not support the basic infrastructure that helps curate data would not exist in the coming years. Local Government Policies should be influenced by insights gotten from data and not on hypothesis. Innovation hubs would serve as spots where indigenes of our local government would touch base with the current technology happening and would also serve as a point for data collection.
“Real developmental data is in our rural communities and any local government that does not support the basic infrastructure that helps curate data would not exist in the coming years.”
nHub Foundation is our official partner for the management of programs at these hubs and would also serve to create partnerships with the global communities.
It’s important to keep teaching biology and chemistry. But in this century, learning how the Internet works, what an algorithm does, is as foundational as those other subjects.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Qua’an Pan Innovation Hub. Hon. Isaac Kwallu has given us a platform to demystify technology at the grassroots.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong strives to create human capital development in Plateau State.
Daser David is director general of PICTDA.