By Chinenye Anuforo [email protected]
The The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa, has reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to digital literacy, which he says will fill the global technology gap in the long run. talents in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector and will place the country among the technology-driven nations
Inuwa said this as a panelist at the just-concluded Nigerian-Spanish Business and Trade Forum, in Madrid, Spain.
“Nigeria has talented young people and is blessed with one of the youngest populations in the world; By 2050, we will be the third most populous nations in the world; So we’re concerned about digital literacy because the world is moving towards a digital and knowledge-based economy and there is a global ICT talent gap”
The NITDA boss, who noted that ICT is the third largest sector in Nigeria, told the forum that so far the implementation of the NDEPS National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria which was unveiled and showcased by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 28, 2019, is enjoying phenomenal success with monumental impact on the national economy.
“The launch of the policy has put Nigeria on the map of the global digital economy and opened doors for investors to come and invest in key sectors of the economy. Indeed, in the history of Nigeria, we have never had an administration as ICT-friendly as the Buhari administration”.
The Director General also went further by explaining the strategic pillars of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) of which, he said, three of the pillars are at the heart of NITDA:
“Building infrastructure, talent (digital skills and literacy) and an enabling environment for investment to thrive are always part of NITDA’s goals.”
Meanwhile, the DG informed the assembly that efforts to bring the Nigeria Startup Bill to a logical conclusion are currently being intensified.
He expressed optimism that after gaining the legal backing, the bill will incentivize Nigerians and create a new market to encourage more investment and increase the sector’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP). of the nation.
While commending the Federal Government for changing the mandate and nomenclature from the Ministry of Communications to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in October 2019, Inuwa pointed out that although telecommunications is the most important sectors in Africa, Nigeria is the main market.
He encouraged investors to take advantage of the country’s huge population/demography, ingenious young minds as well as its booming digital economy and invest without fear.
“Africa is a virgin land, we don’t have inherited infrastructure; Thus, you can easily invest and grow in many sectors,” the DG pointed out.
Inuwa hoped that achieving the ambiguous goal of 95% digital literacy by 2030 would go a long way in creating new markets not only for Nigerians but also for investors, both at home and abroad.