By Ezra Odogu
The Vice Chairman of Katsina Entrepreneurship and Economic Council, (KEEC), Mr Fasial Rafindadi, said the planned Katsina Public Exhibition and Innovation Center Encourage will encourage new innovations in the building industry in Nigeria.
He said the purpose of the exhibition is to curtail quackery and lack of professionalism which has become the major bane of the sector in Nigeria.
In a statement on Tuesday, Rafindadi said a female entrepreneur from Katsina State has already invented a digital app that will not only eliminate quackery, but also transform the Nigerian building industry.
According to the KEEC vice chairman, Ms. Hussaina Dansarai a Postgraduate Student of Architecture at Ahmadu Bello University invented the digital app that helps connect users to professionals in the building industry around them, with the application providing a fully customizable platform for its users.
.” The new app, Archifind is a mobile application which allows users to connect with professionals in the building industry around them. It allows users to post project requests for bids, and has an integrated shopping section where users can browse collections”, Rafindadi said.
He explained that the state was embarking on this initiative which is the first of its kind in the northern states,because the importance of entrepreneurship and economic growth through job creation, poverty reduction, support for existing businesses and capacity building is widely recognized by policy makers and economists.
“ As result of the importance of entrepreneurship, the government at all levels across the state has developed and still developing programmes and policies that has the potential to create a sustainable and conducive environment for rapid development.
“It is with this belief that the Katsina Entrepreneurship and Economic Council (KEEC) was established by the Government of Katsina state, specifically for promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth, as this will greatly enhance local content development, capacity building and entrepreneurship.
“The Council will advise the government on entrepreneurship priorities matters related to growth and market demands, and help in addressing issues relating to entrepreneurship and local content development and presenting facts and findings”, Rafindadi explained.
According to him, KEEC will also support relevant ministries achieve goals related to innovation and local content capacity building, submitting periodic advice to government on economic and entrepreneurship developments, developing initiatives that bring investment and businesses to Katsina State and boost local content development by implementing capacity building strategies.