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The Vice Chancellor, Igbinedion University, Okada (IUO), Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, on Tuesday called on Nigerian students to embrace digital skills, to make the country a destination for creative tech talents in Africa.

Ezemonye made the call during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Convention of the Nigerian Universities Nursing Students Association (NUNSA), (South South Region) held in Okada, Benin.

He said, “We have just launched the Igbinedion hub in partnership with Ehizua Hub to foster digital innovation and technopreneurship, to provide access to affordable and quality education as well as bridge the financial and digital divides.

“This strategic partnership is a bold step towards positively changing the trajectory of private tertiary education in Nigeria.

“IUO, by this development, has become the first private university in sub Sahara Africa to drive innovation and digital technopreneurship to meet the rising demand for creative tech talents

“Digital Literacy provides innovative solutions to complex challenges which is an essential component of the hub.

“Activities at the hub will include Upskills, creative Tech, Start up, Smart pathway, Online learning Management system, fostering digital innovation and Technopreneurship.”

Ezemonye listed facilities at the hub to include virtual room, which can be used for interviews and virtual meetings, control room, studio, startups, smart rooms and working spaces.

The Vice Chancellor, while welcoming the nursing students from all the universities in the South South to Okada, said he was confident that the objective of the convention would be met.

“I urge you all to avail yourselves of the opportunity provided to benefit maximally from the interactions that will take place during the weeklong event.

In her welcome address, Mrs Chika Obi, the President of NUNSA, IUO chapter, said the association was committed to raising the quality of life for the student nurse.

“We want all nursing students, regardless of race and gender, to achieve their potential, and provide practical step by step assistance,” she said.

It was reported that the theme of the convention was ‘Nursing the Future’.

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Nefishetu Yakubu

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