There is excitement in the air as the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja is set to witness a first of its kind park in Nigeria which will be commissioned by the minister of communications and technology, Barrister Adebayo Shittu on Friday, June 3.
Minister of communications, Adebayo Shittu
Ventures Park is aesthetically sound, a fusion of the finest elements of Nigerian art, sustainable design and an enabling environment to stimulate creativity.
Ventures Park also features several art installations by internationally renowned visual artist Victor Ehikhamenor. Ehikamenor, describing the installation process, said, “technology like art, is easy to implement, but conceptualizing sticky ideas is the tricky part.”
The campus is carefully built to accommodate professionals, start-ups, techpreneurs, tech enthusiasts, freelancers, and small businesses who all share common goals.
Fully serviced, Ventures Park features the latest technology and facilities including communal work spaces, private meeting rooms, a gym, and short-term residences for enterprises from out of town.
The entrepreneurial community stands to benefit from a strong mentors network, training, a robust curriculum and several opportunities to grow big ideas into successful businesses including the provision of seed funding.
CEO of the Emerging Platforms Group and Founder of Ventures Platform, Mr Kola Aina said of the launch, “we are excited to unveil Ventures Park, a community for nurturing disruptive and financially sustainable technology ventures that also make social impact.”
Meanwhile, the National Assembly has been criticised for contemplating another tax regime through the introduction of the Communication Service Tax (CST) Bill, which will impose 9% service charge on the consumer of communication service.
By virtue of the proposed CST Bill, communication service users will pay the 9% service charge for voice calls, data usage, Pay TV, short message service (SMS) and multimedia service (MMS).