President of Michael and Cecilia Ibru Foundation, Dr (Mrs.) Cecilia Ibru has assured that the university will host the Urhobo Innovation Hub.
According to her, “The Urhobo Innovation Hub is a welcome initiative and a vision that is birthed at the right time.”
She spoke when the Convener of the Urhobo Economic and Investment Group, Kingsley Ubiebi, paid her a visit to present resolutions reached during the 2nd edition of the Urhobo Economic and Investment Summit.
The visit took place at Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Agbarha-Otor, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Ibru said, “The hub will serve as a panacea to reduce youth restiveness, insecurity, crime rate, and other social vices that have bedeviled Urhobo land.”
She called on all relevant stakeholders, leaders, sons and daughters in Urhoboland both at home and in the diaspora to support this laudable idea towards replicating it across all Urhobo Local Government Areas, and by extension in other localities where Urhobos are based.
Commenting on the partnership, Ubiebi, appreciated the President of the Michael and Cecelia Ibru Foundation, Dr. Ibru for her generosity in making the Urhobo Innovation Hub a reality.
“During the 2nd edition of the Urhobo Economic and Investment Summit, Urhobo Leaders, Stakeholders and Patriotic Sons and Daughters of Urhoboland agreed on the need for the formation of Urhobo Innovation Hub which is a dedicated center for creativity, innovation and transformation accessible to all Urhobo persons both locally and globally.
“The Urhobo Innovation Hub is centered to be the standard of excellence in raising developers and start-ups that will create jobs and make Urhoboland prosperous.
“Also, it will build and enhance capacity in key areas that can accelerate development in Urhoboland, through advocacy, technology and innovation.
“The target industries of the Urhobo Innovation Hub are; Fintech, Hospitality, Agriculture, Health, Education, Transporation, Gaming and Sports.
“The programs to be carried out at the hub are; Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Soft skills, Development, Digital marketing, web development, mobile apps, programming, architectural design, digital marketing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Python and host of others too numerous to mention,” Ubiebi said.