Niger Govt Partners Zenith Bank On ICT

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Niger State Government and Zenith Bank, Nigeria PLC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for building a 100 capacity Information Technology Centre (ICT) aimed at not only improving the revenue base of the state but creating jobs for unemployed youths.

Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger state, who made the declaration during the signing of MoU at the Government House in Minna, the state capital, assured of his administrations’ continued partnership with the bank on areas of common interest.

The project when completed would go a long way in providing job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths, improve the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and as well add value to the educational sector, the Governor said.

“As part of your Corporate Social Responsibilities, you decided to give us a very special ICT center and from the master plan it will have positive impact. We sincerely appreciate your support in empowering our youths and at the same time improve our education sector”.

Sani Bello said: “Apart from increasing the state’s IGR, the ICT centre can provide job opportunities for few people. Whatever business or structure that comes into the state even if it puts food on the table of one person is something”.

“If it means taking one person out of the labour market, we as a government try to encourage and support interventions like this”, Governor Bello said, as he commended Zenith bank management for supporting the state government through the intervention.

Malam Umar Ahmed, Executive Director of Zenith bank, had earlier told his host that the construction of the 100 capacity ICT center in Niger state was part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility to Nigerlites.

The aim of the ICT centre is to enhance learning, youth empowerment and social development of the people of the state, Ahmed said and assured that the contractor handling the project would soon move to the site.

With continued robust business relationship, the Zenith Bank Executive Director expressed optimism that the bank will still have more areas in which it intends to intervene for the overall good of state citizenry.

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