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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Kukah sets up digital centre in Kakuri, partners Zinox

Renowned human rights activist, Rev. Father Matthew Hassan Kukah in partnership with leading Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in the country, Zinox Computers, launched a digital centre in Kakuri, a suburb of Kaduna State.

The digital centre would serve as a multipurpose and computer training centre is located at Kakuri Government Reserved Area (GRA) of Kaduna State and is equipped with 40 computers to facilitate training of youths, widows and professionals in the state.

Set up as an Internet café, the centre is intended to lay a strong foundation for the emergence of a dynamic, focused and purposeful Kaduna State built on the premise of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of the multipurpose centre and commissioning of the Kukah Digital centre at the weekend, the founder, the Vicar General of the Arch Diocese of Kaduna and Parish Priest of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Kakuri, Fr. Kukah, noted that apart from bringing ICT closer to the parishioners in the state, the centre is meant to create harmony and arrest the frustration among youth in the community by engaging them positively.

He expressed the hope that by setting up an ultra modern resource centre that young people might then be able to get a slight view into the future and “see what challenges and hopes there are for a better tomorrow and turn away from the violence that has become a part of their lives.”

Fr. Kukah also said at the occasion graced by the Executive Governor of Kaduna, Mr. Namadi Sambo, and his deputy, Mr. Patrick Yakowa as well as Archbishop of Kaduna, His Grace Peter Y. Jatau that the internet facility would make it possible for the old and young to network with people of like minds in far and near places.

He explained that the complex, a multi-purpose centre would accommodate his vision to touch the lives of a cross section of the citizenry, citing for instance that it would be a centre for the retraining of widows, that most vulnerable section of the society.

“These widows would be encouraged to acquire new skills, possibly IT based, towards achieving a sustainable means of livelihood.

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