Members of the Plateau State Bloggers Hub PLABHUB Visited the Director Plateau State Information Technology Development Agency (PICTDA) on Thursday 5th March 2020 at the Plateau State New Government House.
Blogger, Matthew Tegha noted that the visit was the first for the Bloggers and was a familiarization visit to the office of the DG as the need for bloggers to project the state by information dissemination through News, entertainment, politics, events and promotional activities.
Tegha said that the Plateau Bloggers Hub was made up of a unique blend of working bloggers on the plateau numbering 16 with awesome follower-ship. Also stating that the day to day activities of bloggers is carried out by an amount of ICT skill and knowledge as such the need to present the group to the office of the PICTDA.
Joey Shekwonuzhibo went on to commend the recent Plateau State ICT Policy and Strategic Plan. He motioned that bloggers/influncers be carried along most especially the silicon valley initiative which was commendable.
MasaraKim, of Mk Reporters also advocated that bloggers be carried along to help project government activities and relay government policies to the public. In the same light, IMB Kallamu of 4wardwego.com advised that the PICTDA Director should work with bloggers to help bring out a better picture of the state on the Internet and also avail bloggers the room for trainings when the need arises as it will help them to do better.
PICTDA Director General, Mr Daser David, responded by explaining the creation of The Plateau ICT Development Agency (PICTDA) and further explained the essence of the Plateau State ICT Policy and Strategic Plan, how it was achieved and adopted in the state.
He said the ICT Policy was formulated in 2018 but adopted recently and that Silicon Valley is a value chain where citizens can benefit as there is no legal framework to build skills on the Plateau because it takes a legislation to make such.
He said that it must change with ICT as youths must yearn for training and empowerment not just rely on government for employment. The Government was very much interested in turning the tides as leading to the creation of the agency.
He also pointed out some initiatives that will give ICT enthusiast/ Bloggers free internet service after office hours. And he promised to work with bloggers if they will unite and work as one to build the right image for the state. Mr Daser went on to call on bloggers to work more on positive narratives as what ever is built today will determine how tomorrow will be for the next generation.
The team of bloggers on the visit to represent were; Masara Kim, Patience Terkura, Nathaniel Shija , Matthew Tegha, IMB Kallamu, Joey Shekwonuzhibo