“I acknowledge with gratitude the willingness of Microsoft and the demonstration of confidence by Microsoft to partner with us and start the first smart city in Africa,” were the words of Cross River Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade
through a recent tweet on his official Twitter handle, @senatorbenayade to convey another move regarding his
digital desires for his state. According to Senator Avade, the partnership is to create an avalanche and develop an
Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) for the people of the state and country at large. “Our key
objective as a state is to partner with Microsoft and create an avalanche of

opportunity for our young men and women. “By so doing, we will provide a web hosting facility to support the deployment of ICT – for Microsoft to develop an ICT paradigm in tile form of a data management academy to teach and educate young Cross Riverians on data management.” Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational
technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington – USA. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal

computers, and related services. Its best known software products are still Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet Explorer and Edge Web browsers. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox video game consoles and the Microsoft Surface lineup of touchscreen personal computers.
As of 2016, it is the world’s largest software maker by repute’, and one of the world’s most valuable companies. The
word “Microsoft” is a portmanteau of “microcomputer” and “software”. >>>

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