Technology Hubs Can Bring Prosperity To Rural Communities – UTRIE Hub
TECH DIGEST – In the evolution of Nigeria’s technology and innovation hubs, rural areas are mostly out of the picture. Most hubs are based in the cities where connectivity, roads and other support-infrastructures can readily be accessed.
But the Ugomba Technology Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub (UTRIE Hub) is reworking this narrative.
Located in rustic Nkanuland, Akpugo, Nkanu-West LGA, Enugu state, UTRIE Hub is modelled to be a catalyst for building capacities, promote diverse economic activities, and improve the prosperity of the rural people where it is located and far beyond Enugu or the entire eastern part of the country.
According to the World Bank, 49% of the Nigerian population are rural dwellers. This sets the focus of UTRIE Hub and defined its role as a transformative engine for all the communities around and not just Nkanuland, said Hub Manager at iHabitat, Glory Eke.
“Seeking support: UTRIE Hub is modelled to be a catalyst for building capacities, promote diverse economic activities, and improve the prosperity of the rural people”
iHabitat, a non-government organisation (NGO), owns and manages the UTRIE Hub. Long before it established the hub, the NGO has been offering free ICT lessons for village kids and helping to expand digital knowledge opportunities for hundreds of teens and young people whose only focus, perhaps, would have been on antique farming and trade.
The NGO runs a similar initiative in Kuje, Abuja, FCT.