According to Akande, the programme is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s policy of promoting use of technology as critical tool for public service delivery.
He said The programme would be conducted through the Presidency’s National Social Investment Office.
The North East Makeathon is slated to run from October 2017 to December 2017 and will usher in the first set of incubation activities in the proposed North East humanitarian innovation hub.
He said the focus of the hub would be to address challenges faced by persons in the region, some of which include Nutrition and Food Security, Early Recovery and Economic Security (Diversifying Livelihoods).
Others are Camp Coordination and Management, Education (innovative and creative learning solutions) and Health (innovation, which addresses the health issues faced by pregnant women, children and communities in the region.
Another critical area of focus in the hub, he said, would be the protection of women and children, gender-based violence, innovative and preventive measures.
The Vice Presidential Spokesman said that the establishment of the proposed hub for the North-East was being driven by the National Social Investment Office working with the Presidential Committee for the North-East Initiatives (PCNI).
Also involved would be the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in partnership with International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC).
Akande said it would serve as Humanitarian Innovation Hub and be situated in Yola, Adamawa State.