Openings for Project Map Edo

Edo state has unique potentials to generate revenue through tourism seeing it has so many historic relevance, a rich cultural heritage and of recent, good roads to ease exploration. MapEdo initiative is driven to boost the Tourism industry in Edo state. They would be adding roads, places, art and cultural centres, craft shops, ATMs, relaxation centres, recreation centres, best routes, hotels industries and many other landmarks to Google Maps so people all around the world can discover places in Edo state, easily navigate its environs and easily plan having a vacation in the state, resulting in boosted sales and demand for local products and services further improving the state’s economy.

The project has been supported so far by Google, University of Benin International ICT centre and the Nigerian Observer. The MapEdo project is managed by the University of Benin Google Student Ambassadors.

TRAINING HOLDS ON FRIDAY,  MAY 31, AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BENIN AND THE KICK-OFF EVENT FOLLOWS ON JUNE 1, 2013, AT THE SAME VENUE.

Objectives of the project:

  • To strengthen the Edo State Map Making community.

  • To help with directions to favourite hangouts, places or even Emergency Services.

  • To train individuals on digital Map Making skill.

  • To spore Community service and development amongst young adults

  • To show the total and more accurate view of the Edo State so as to ensure its global relevance.

  • To provide more accurate and representative local information which improves the breadth of information available about a given area, helps foster exploration, and in turn bolsters tourism and business investments.
  • To help new and prospective visitors who want to explore the state without getting lost.

  • Detailed map information can help users better navigate the world and learn about new places, especially when searching for local information.

    Target Audience:

    • Individuals who know places in Edo State (streets, industries, roads, banks, ATMs, Hospitals etc..

    • Persons from the state’s Ministry of Works and planning.

    • Persons concerned with tourism affairs in Edo State.

    • The Media, TV stations, Radio, Newspapers etc.

    • Detailed paper map-owners.

    • Students from tertiary institutions in Edo State (UNIBEN, OAU, BIU, COLBEN..) who love cartography and are interested in contributing to the online map of Edo State.

Google will be sending digital certificates to MapUp participants who create at least 5 approved edits during the MapUp, in recognition of their participation. This is aside other Google Swags they would be getting!

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The picture says it all. Vincent needs help.

We got to know Vincent’s former classmate, Lola, and his close friend, Ehitare. SO THIS IS TRUE. Here’s the information Ehitare gave about Vincent:

Why save Vincent? Vincent was diagnosed of leukaemia and is currently hospitalized at University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH). He needs N10million for bone marrow transplant abroad.

Throughout 2012, Vincent C. Nwokedi passionately headed an army of Pharmacy students into the streets of Benin on a mission to save Nigerian youths from loosing their lives to drug abuse and dependence. His anti-drug abuse/misuse program started in University of Benin from where its impact went around the City and beyond. In just one year, this young man from Anambra state turned the lives of many drug abusers around, giving them reasons to dump their bad habits and preserve their lives. If he could do this as a student in his penultimate year, imagine what impact he would have on the society at large when he finally becomes a Pharmacist this year 2013 in which he is to graduate.

This is a clarion call to all Nigerians. Arise and help Vincent today. Help keep him alive. A minimum of N2000 is not too much to help cure him. However, if you do not have money now, you can pray for him.

His bank account details:
Account Name: VINCENT CHUKWUKA NWOKEDI.
Account number :2100053461
Zenith Bank Plc

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