Source: Busy schedule for ED | The Herald November 8, 2019
PRESIDENT Mnangagwa last night arrived in Bulawayo where he is scheduled to commission 79 Zupco buses and officiate at the National University of Science and Technology’s (Nust) 25th graduation ceremony.
He is also expected to launch Nust’s innovation hub.
The President was welcomed at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport by Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Minister Judith Ncube, Nust Vice Chancellor Professor Mqhele Dlodlo, Zanu-PF Politburo member Cde Absolom Sikhosana, senior Government officials, service chiefs and Zanu-PF supporters.
President Mnangagwa arrived shortly after 6pm accompanied by State Security Minister Owen Ncube.
He will today have a busy schedule in Bulawayo as he officiates at four events starting with the commissioning of the Zupco buses at City Hall before proceeding to Nust.
The innovation hub (formerly Technopark) is a strategic business unit (SBU) for Nust that systematically strives to position itself at the interface between the research and innovation efforts of the university community and the private and public enterprise sectors in the country.
Minister Ncube yesterday said the city was ready to host President Mnangagwa ahead of his packed programme.
“Everything is in place for that,” she said. “So, it’s a busy day tomorrow, but we are very pleased that His Excellency will spend the day with us in Bulawayo.
“We are hopeful all the programmes will go according to plan.”
The commissioning of Zupco buses is part of Government’s commitment to providing cheaper and more reliable transport for the commuting public, while the launch of the innovation hub is part of the Second Republic’s vision to promote novelty at institutions of higher learning so that they use technology to address socio-economic problems affecting the nation.
The Nust Innovation Hub will incubate brilliant ideas from students and staff before they are developed into new business enterprises or supporting existing ones.
Government has already commissioned the University of Zimbabwe and Midlands State University innovation hubs.
President Mnangagwa recently said universities should drive the transformational trajectory towards an upper middle-income economy by 2030.
The Nust Innovation Hub will house software developers, with officials revealing that they will come up with a local software to address issues around delays in payment systems via banks.
The hub will also be home to the university’s pacesetters, including the Applied Genetic Testing Centre (AGTC), DNA lab, which is already involved in ground breaking national projects.
Nust director of communication and marketing Mr Felix Moyo said the university was ready to host the President, who is also the Chancellor of all State universities.
“All is set and as Nust we have done everything that we were expected to do,” he said.
“We are now ready. We have three programmes: the university’s 25th graduation, opening of the gatehouse, as well as the innovation hub.”
Mr Moyo urged graduands and guests to be seated by 9.30am.