FG targets 95% digital literacy in Nigeria by 2030

By Luminous Jannamike – Abuja

The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, said the federal government hopes to achieve 95 levels of digital literacy in the country by 2030.

NITDA chief executive Kashifu Abdullahi said Tuesday at an innovation, research and software summit hosted by the National Association of Computer Science Students in Abuja.

Speaking on the topic titled “Technology Renaissance for Innovation and Productivity,” Abdullahi revealed that the government has trained 200,000 young people in the use of productivity tools, digital content creation and marketing. digital this year only.

He said: “Globally, the most valuable companies in the world are in information technology.

“Today, even the richest countries make money from the digital economy rather than resources like crude oil.

“At NITDA, we have developed our strategic roadmap and our 2021 to 2024 action plan with seven strategic pillars to help young people benefit from the national digital economy policy.

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“We aim to achieve 95% digital literacy by 2030. So we have launched many initiatives to train people.

“This year alone, we have trained nearly 200,000 Nigerians in different areas of digital literacy. “

According to him, the federal government has launched the Nigeria digital online portal where young people can go online to acquire digital literacy training.

“We also have the NITDA academy, which is also a self-learning platform.

“The government is developing a framework to allow private organizations to also provide digital literacy training, because we know government cannot do it alone,” he added.

Abdullahi described the COVID-19 pandemic as a blessing in disguise, saying the experience created an opportunity for technology and innovation to boost economic activity in the country.

“We understand that information technology is dynamic. So what we’re trying to do is help young people use innovation to create prosperity for our country.

“Most recently, we have identified five start-ups and we are working with the Nigeria Export Promotion Council to give them between 15 and 20 million naira each as a grant to develop their products,” said the managing director.

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Speaking also, the Executive Director of Financial Services Innovators, Ms. Aituaz Kola-Oladejo, however, lamented that innovation has not yet been democratized in Nigeria.

“The democratization of innovation will create products at affordable prices for Nigerians. This is when we, as a nation, will fully achieve digital, social, financial and economic inclusion, ”she said.

In his remarks, the president of the National Association of Computer Students, Comrade Olamilekan Abolade, said that the organization is focused on empowering a new generation of innovative young men and women who will add technological value. to all sectors of the economy and solve real life problems. .

According to him, “we want to use our power as students to push for the renaissance of technology, which is the catalyst for adequate innovations and to ensure productivity”.

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