The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) will partner with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for digital literacy training for internally displaced persons of the country (PDI).
Ms. Imaan Ibrahim, Federal Commissioner of NCFRMI, said this in a statement issued Monday by Ms. Hadiza Umar, NITDA’s Head of Cooperation and External Relations.
She spoke when she visited the Director General of NITDA, Mr. Kashifu Inuwain Abuja.
Ibrahim, who noted that more than four million Nigerians were internally displaced, said the number was doubling at an alarming rate.
Ibrahim said displaced people need support with training, technical knowledge and tools to promote digital inclusion and national development.
The commissioner also said that apart from the insecurity, natural disasters such as floods had contributed to the increase in the number of displaced people.
“We are pleased that NITDA is traveling to train our youth team in IDP camps and people of concern.
“The training will contribute to the diversification of the economy which will lift 100 million people out of poverty in 10 years, as projected by President Muhammadu Buhari,” she said.
In its response, Inuwa said the agency was putting measures in place to train around 10,000 displaced people in digital literacy.
He explained that the training was aimed at enabling the smooth reintegration of citizens who were displaced from their homes due to insecurity.
Inuwa also said that digital literacy was part of the implementation measures of the agency’s strategic roadmap and action plan (SRAP 2021-2024), which was inaugurated to enable a digital economy to rapid growth for the country and its citizens.
“Education being an important identifiable tool for moving out of poverty in the current administration, has been actively employed by NITDA in a positive way.
“Using the Literacy and Digital Skills Strategy, one of the seven pillars of NITDA SRAP is aligned with the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS).
Which promotes the use of digital technology to develop and diversify the Nigerian economy.
“By following a methodological approach, it is necessary to achieve a smart initiative, a combination of capable people, due process and the deployment of the right technology,” he said.
He added that NITDA has continuously engaged in several trainings in the six geopolitical zones of the country, with the use of different platforms such as virtual trainings, online platforms and physical trainings.
Inuwa said the agency will support NCFRMI with job aids and organize IT trainings for its staff.
According to him, NITDA will set up a Technical Working Group on Digital Transformation (DTTWG) composed of members of both organizations to enable the execution of the aspects identified for the partnership.