Ministry of Communications
The Federal Government has revealed fresh plan to commence the implementation of two incubation centres in Lagos and Calabar.
The initial seed capital for the project is estimated at $15 million. The government is expected to kick-start it with $3 million, while the remaining $12 million will be sourced from private sector investment.
Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, said government would fund the project in the first five years and allow the private sector to drive the initiative by investing in it.
The software incubation centres would be information and communication technology (ICT) hubs where people with ideas on software development will be trained for a period of 36 months maximum, and equip them to develop applications that would address basic needs of Nigerians and the world.
The purpose is to enable Nigerian software developers to create businesses for different industries.
Giving details of the incubation centres, Project Manager, Mrs. Helen Anatogu, said the project would soon be launched.
According to her, the Lagos centre would be established inside the Lagos e-Learning Centre on Lagos Island and that of Calabar would be established in the Tinapa Business Resort Centre.
The programme content will be built on business and technical skills, while the delivery method would be through partnerships with various stakeholders.
The two sets of curriculum on business and technical issues will be running side by side at both centres.
According to Anatogu, the infrastructure needed for the centres include building space, equipment like routers, connecting points for laptops and computers, as well as tables and chairs.
Speaking on the incubation period, Anatogu said people would be trained at various levels that include the pre-incubation period, incubation period, and post incubation period.
She said the training for the pre-incubation period would last for 3 to 6 months, the incubation period would last for six to36 months and post incubation period would last for six to12 months.
“Enterprise software, linguistic software, custom programming and mobile applications will be the focus for the training,” Anatogu said.
Present at the event were stakeholders from MainOne, HP, Nokia among others.