Efforts are being made to create a standard database of all Information Technology (IT) professionals in Enugu State, TechEconomy.ng can authoritatively report.
The present reawakening may not be unconnected to the news of alleged unjustly arrest of some youth and student leaders which has been going round social media.
Confirming the development, Engr. Obi-Nwankwo, said that the ordeals of young techies in the hands of security operatives in the State, was brought to his attention and developing a database for IT professionals is one of the ways to tackle the situation.
He said, “In our dear Enugu, freedom has always been a common value which every youth has enjoyed, especially under the leadership of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the Executive Governor of the State. We have always had it better and we refuse to give room to fracas that endangers the peace of our dear state.
Owing to this fact, I urge the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) officials who were involved in the alleged harassment of our prized youth leaders to see to the thorough investigation of the case that led to the arrest, while following the due process and procedures that guide the EFFC”.
The SA lamented that overtime, the harassment of youths, especially those in the field of the IT Profession, has become a culture in not just Enugu State but Nigeria as a whole, “and it is our duty that we protect the right of our youths who are being branded fraudsters on the streets simply because they work with laptops in their various IT fields.
“Already efforts are being made from my office, the office of the SA to the Governor on Innovations, Science And Technology to get a standard database of all IT Professionals in the State. This way, we will know who is who and be able to differentiate IT professionals from fraudsters.
“With efforts like this, I am sure that the EFCC and other offense commissions will be aided while tackling matters as the one already on our table.
“We the youth leaders sincerely hope that bulls will be taken by the horn and the confusion in the air cleared by these security gentlemen of the state before further actions are made by the youth fractions of the state.
While stressing that the database for IT professionals will not provide cover for criminals, he said that “Members of the public are also strictly prohibited from using the name of the youth leadership of the State to perpetrate crimes. We have only one youth council which is headed by Comr. Bartholomew Chukwuebuka Okoh and any other NYCN within the state should be seen as fraudulent and treated as such.
Plans to change the narratives
Meanwhile, Engineer Elvis Obi-Nwankwo, has commenced discussions with media practitioners in Enugu State on the need to provide platforms for innovators to showcase their stories.
In one of such discussions held recently, he said, “Challenges and the ability to salvage them makes an exceptional leader. And it is mostly at times of great socio-economic challenges that great leaders are made. In reacting to these challenges, they bring their vision, and empathy to make a way where mere mortals despair.
“This narrative, of course, describes my core principles with which I pilot my office.
Already armed with the fact that at some point in life we must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer, I have started a revolution that will correct the wrong impression that all young men with laptops and iPhones are fraudsters.
“Having taken the necessary steps to ensure the creation of a Database for all IT Professionals in the State, I hosted the Southeast media correspondences to a roundtable, engaging them on strategies on how to synergize and create an awareness and consciousness out there about the colossal disparity between fraudsters and IT Professionals, while using the power of the media to mitigate the EFCC harassment which is taking a toll in the peaceful Enugu that our dear Governor has suffered to create.
Present at the roundtable was the Director of the Enugu State Tech Hub (Engr. Dubem), the Lead, Google Developers Group, Enugu (Mr. Tochi), the CEO of Digital Dreams (Mr. Chukwudi Edoga), the Chief Technology Officer, Xend (Engr. Chima); news correspondences like Daily Post, Sun News, Daily Times, The Advocate, Daily Asset, Champion News, Thisday, Daily Telegraph, Daily Independent News, The Guardian, and a host of others where present and “agreed with me that media engagements too would go a long way to keep projecting the Enugu State Tech Sector, especially now we have joined a crowd of other international states in the space of global ranking”.
“With these good efforts, I am sure that both the Enugu Tech Sector and of course the larger society will reach that standard which the Executive Governor of the State is desirous to create”, Obi-Nwankwo said.