Youths chart new course for ICT-dependent businesses in Ogun

Ifedayo Ogunyemi

In a bid to drive innovation and wealth creation in Ogun State, a group of youths has chart a new course for ICT-dependent businesses with the creation of the first coworking space and ideation lab in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The coworking and ideation lab provides a community for social innovators, freelancers, creators, start-ups, entrepreneurs and techpreneurs.

This they made known at the soft launch of RockStation Nigeria, a coworking space and ideation lab in Abeokuta, the state capital on Thursday.

Communications Manager of RockStation Nigeria, Ibukun Olusola said the coworking space will help foster a creative community and provide entrepreneurs in the state with access to a shared workspace, internet, utilities and business services.

He said the idea was is in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 9 which focuses on building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and fostering innovation.

Olusola who berated the present ICT culture in the state said the coworking space and ideation lab will help improve the state’s technological ecosystem.

“The ICT culture of Ogun state cannot be said to have been developed just yet because despite the richness of talents and developers who thrive to create Solutions and/or products (with the very limited resources: power, Internet and mentorship) in their closets.

“There hasn’t been any mapping, convergence or collaboration of these small groups around the state.

“We tend to foster and promote more of these communities, by availing them an innovative space for a convergence, take up the responsibility of mapping these groups and provide them adequate resources to develop, not just themselves but also put the tech community of Ogun State on the map of tech communities in Nigeria,” Olusola said.

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