By Luminous Jannamike, Abuja
The federal government has trained more than 200,000 young people in information technology, saying Nigeria will achieve 95% digital skills in the country by 2030.
The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi said this in Abuja at the annual innovation, research and software summit organized by the National Association of Computer Students. in collaboration with Financial Services Innovators (FSI).
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Abdullahi revealed that the 200,000 young people have been trained in digital content creation, digital marketing and the use of productivity tools.
He said: âGlobally, 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.
âAt 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.
âWe 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 various areas of digital literacy.
According to him, the federal government has also launched Nigeria’s digital portal where young people can go online to acquire digital literacy training.
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.
âMost 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,â said the managing director.
Speaking also, the Executive Director of Financial Services Innovators, Ms. Aituaz Kola-Oladejo, however, lamented that innovation has not yet been democratized in Nigeria.
âThe 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, âshe said.
In his remarks, the president of the National Association of Computer Students, Comrade Olamilekan Abolade, said 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 ensuring productivity.”