Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has revealed that his administration would take advantage of the University of Benin’s Electricity Generating plant to drive an industrial park within Benin Technical College (BTC) in the state.
This was at the Edo State Government House in Benin, on Wednesday, where the management of the University paid him a courtesy visit.
Governor Obaseki said his administration would leverage on technology to boost economic activities in the state to make it a hub of the nation.
He continued that his administration would build an industrial park within the Benin Technical College premises, which would serve as the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, he also disclosed to them that contracts had been awarded to rehabilitate Benin Technical College, which is located close to University of Benin.
The governor also said that the state was proud with the academic performance of the tertiary institution and would assist to improve the learning conditions of its students.
“We have finalised the contract to create an overhead bridge across the ever busy Benin-Lagos expressway in front of the institution to address the issue of accidents in front of the school gate. We will also help the institution curtail illegal encroachment within the institution,’’ Governor Obaseki said.
For his part, the Pro Chancellor of UNIBEN, Mr Isa Ashiru, commended the governor on his policies for governing the state while also assuring him of the institution’s support in the state’s drive for technological advancement.
He added that the new governing council would help to improve the academic standards of the ivory tower.