Nasarawa State inaugurates construction of N30 billion tech village

Igbawase Ukumba in Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor Abudullahi Sule has inaugurated the construction of a N30 billion Nasarawa Tech Village in Aso Pada, Karu Local Government Area of ​​the state.

The Technology Village project, which includes 1,962 housing units, a technology hub and other facilities, is executed in collaboration with a local company, ABS Blueprint Consortium, under a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement.

During the inauguration of the project, Governor Sule said that it is in line with his administration’s development roadmap in the areas of housing, technology, employment and industrialization.

He said he was delighted that the project was being carried out by an indigenous consortium, saying it was in line with his administration’s vision of people and state development.
The governor, however, explained that the project was entirely financed by the private partners of the consortium.

Also speaking, ABS Blueprint Consortium Managing Director Mohammed Yamusa, Managing Director, said the 1,962-unit technology village will consist of 668 one-bedroom apartment units, 558 two-bedroom apartment units, 376 two-bedroom bungalow units as well as 360 three-bedroom bungalow units.

According to Yamusa, the village would have a technology hub with offices for local and international IT companies for training more than 2,000 students per year as software engineers, who would be helped to outsource jobs globally. which could earn them up to US$3,000. monthly.

According to the ABS Blueprint Consortium MD, other features of the technology hub “include an ICT campus with shared virtual workspaces and domain-wide broadband coverage via fiber optic cabling.”

He added that the village would also have an independent 5 MW gas-fired power plant, a primary and secondary school, a health clinic, a fire station, a police station, a shopping mall, among others.
Yamusa continued that the housing component of the project alone was N22 billion, while the other features, including the independent power plant, would gobble up around N8 billion.

In his address, Nasarawa State Investment Development Agency (NASIDA) Managing Director Ibrahim Abdullahhi said Governor Sule had so far attracted more than $500 million in investments in Nasarawa State in different sectors.

Abdullahi said the development of Nasarawa Tech Village is part of Sule’s economic development strategy for the state.

“The goal is to leverage the state’s proximity to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to create different technology clusters and develop a technology-driven economy. There is a deliberate effort to make Nasarawa State a top investment destination not only in the country but in Africa,” Abdullahi asserted.