Edo assures rich display of innovative cultural products at 2019 NAFEST

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Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, says his administration will exploit the hosting of the 2019 National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) to showcase the state’s rich, innovative cultural products to the world.
The governor gave the assurance in commemoration of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, marked every May 21, by the United Nations and its various organs.
The 2019 National Festival for Art and Culture will be hosted by Edo State from October 19 to 26, 2019.
According to Obaseki, “As we mark the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we assure of plans to showcase the glamorous heritage of Edo people and promote our world-renowned cultural products during the 2019 NAFEST.
There is no denying that Edo State occupies a pride of place in the cultural map of the world as a result of our peculiar heritage in arts, culture and remarkable footprint in human civilisation.
“All of these and the modern incarnations will be on display at the 2019 NAFEST, which will serve as an opportunity for us to show how through innovative approaches, we have continued to preserve our rich cultural heritage bequeathed to us by our forefathers.” 
The governor reiterated the state government’s commitment to building institutions as well as leveraging multilateral partnerships to preserve and promote its cultural assets, noting, “Our cultural artefacts and expressions hold unique features which speak to and amplifies our identity as a people. We have set modalities for the building of institutions to showcase, promote, conserve and preserve our cultural assets for future generations.”
According to the United Nations, “In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to Read More...

Edo subsidises tech training for undergraduates, graduates to groom more techpreneurs

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Committed to creating more opportunities for Edo youths to tap from Nigeria’s booming tech ecosystem for self-reliance, Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, is subsidising the training of youths in in-demand tech fields, such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Machine Learning.


The six-week training programmes are being run by Curators University and held at the Edo Innovation Hub, Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), Wire Road, Benin City. At the last count, over 250 youths have been trained, which is also partly funded by Microsoft.


Young people who want to take the same courses in Lagos and Akure, Ondo State pay as much as N160,000 ($140), in cases where they don’t get sponsors or subsidised by Curators University. This makes Edo one of the most IT-friendly state in the country.


The programme, open for undergraduates and graduates, is being subsidised through EdoJobs, Edo State’s skills development and job creation platform.


Senior special assistant to Edo State Governor on Jobs Creation and Skills Development, Ukinebo Dare, said the gesture was part of the governor’s promise to create at least 200,000 jobs in Edo State before 2020, noting that up to 90,000 jobs have been created so far.


According to Dare, “Students in the programme get to learn Python and R programming languages and are encouraged to continue with advanced level work at the end of the 6-week training. By the fourth week, they are able to tackle real-life problems in data science and machine learning and are ready for the workplace.”


A beneficiary, Princess Oviawe, a 300-level undergraduate at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), said though she could code in HTML and CSS languages before the programme, she was able to learn Python and R, and was now confident of working as Read More...