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Vice President Osinbajo takes a tour to Technology Hubs in Lagos

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While the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, was out of the country, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo takes a tour to technology hubs in Lagos state. It is true that Lagos is seen as the Technology Hub for Nigeria and also Africa, with Hubs like Co-Creator and Forloops taking the centre stage.

However, the Vice President mission was different. With other political personalities who are also in the forefront in Nigeria’s technology space, Professor Osinbajo paid visits to five Tech Hubs in Lagos. Others with him are Dr. Isa Pantami, the DG of NITDA and Dr. ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology. This was the first of its kind.

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laola Akande to the Vice President makes a thread on twitter regarding this ‘tour of tech’ event. First of all the aim of the visit was to encourage innovation and to boost technology in Nigeria, says Akande.

VP Osinbajo in Lagos today visiting technology hubs. It’s about spurring innovation & boosting the technology drive. After all our country has all the talents. Let us take this thing to the next level. We can do it. #VPtouroftech

— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) April 17, 2018

The visit started with Paystack, a fintech startup in Nigeria that was the first to make a mark in enabling Nigerian merchant to receive payment for their product or services online through a link, either embedded on their website or through social media. Paystack services 10,000 merchants in Nigeria. The Vice President said, “we are very proud of what people like you are doing and we want government to do more.”

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Next, the V.P made a visit to Andela, Nigeria famous edutech company. Andela helps trained world class software developers who are source for by big technology companies around the world. On his visit to Flutterwave, the Vice President, Osinbajo gave praise to this startup which is less than two years old.

VP says in FlutterWave, “I am fascinated by what you are doing. The best companies in the world started like this may be even not as well. There are exciting days yet ahead. Stay focused regardless of the challenges. Looking to hearing more about u in years to come! #VPtouroftech

— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) April 17, 2018

Venia hub follows. Venia hub is a coworking platform, were you can rent an office to develop new innovation. The Hub is owned by Kola Oyeniyi. V.P hails all the startups at the hub. Still on Lekki, Lagos, the Vice President visits Farmcrowdy. Farmcrowdy aims to assist 50,000 farmers in five years period and so far the agrotech startup has succeeded to fund 5,000 farmers and has raised 700 million Naira from Venture Capitalist.

Farmcrowdy, VP adds, “is a hub that the President himself will like to visit. Glad to meet you guys face-to-face.” #VPtouroftech

— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) April 17, 2018

“This is incredible”, the V.P exclaimed. He said the President of Nigeria will be willing to pay a visit to Farmcrowdy.  Moving to Victoria Island, Lagos, Osinbajo visits workstation and gives praise to the startups such as Iflix and others there. Saying that he isn’t sure if the sky is the limit anymore.

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Co-creator hub was the last stop for the V.P. Cchub as it is called for short, in Yaba. Safe Online and Life Bank are two startups utilising Cchub working space. The visit of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo revealed that these technology hubs are really doing great things in Nigeria.

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