Computer Dealers in Port Harcourt have said that plans are on the way to build a well-designed computer village in the city for the full attainment of Information Technology (IT) business in the state.
Speaking to The Tide in his office in Port Harcourt, Tuesday, the chairman, Computer Dealers Association, Port Harcourt, Mr. Chika Chiege noted that computer (IT) business needs a corporate environment for it to thrive.
Mr. Chiege explained that the association had in last year made efforts to acquire a piece of land at Iriebe which he said had been delayed by the state government’s Greater Port Harcourt Development (GPH) initiative but expressed hopes that the GPH would soon conclude its arrangement and the association would know its stands.
He stated that the lack of such place for the computer (IT) business had slowed down the pace of the business in the state compared to states like Abuja and Lagos but said however, that the situation would soon change in the state.
In his words “we desire to have a place we can call computer village here in Port Harcourt and, so far, we’ve been trying to get a place, design a building and take to the state government for approval. Sometime last year we made some moves to get a site at Iriebe but the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Programme of the state has delayed us till now.”
He continued, “they have not given us a concrete answer yet, but we hope to get it soon and then we will start either at Iriebe or any other part of the state.”
Mr. Chiege noted that Port Harcourt is an industrial city where IT business thrives very well adding that the state stands to gain a lot from it if given that recognition.
Mr. Chiege revealed that the association had been contributing its quota to the state’s economy through the payment of its yearly government-approved levies adding that it donated computers and printers to the police station at Old GRA to improve the sate’s security outfit.
The chairman who stressed the need for the state government’s partnership with the association to actualise its desire maintained that the state would not only enhance its employment opportunities but boost its entire economy.