The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) called for more emphasis on digital literacy to address the challenges facing the country.
NITDA Director General Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi made the call in Abuja at the 2021 Annual National Innovation and Software Summit hosted by the Nigerian Association of Computer Science Students (NACOS) in collaboration with Financial Services Innovators (FSI).
Abdullahi who spoke on the topic âRenaissance of Technology for Innovations and Productivityâ argued that at the heart of diversification and growth of the economy, poverty reduction and job creation is the digital literacy.
According to him, equipping young Nigerians with the necessary digital skills would facilitate Nigeria’s transition to a digital economy. He added that around 200,000 Nigerians have acquired digital skills.
âThe global economy is now driven by technology. The richest countries make money from the digital economy, not resources. Innovation is about invention and commercialization. Invention costs money, but innovation pays off.
âWe have so many initiatives that we use to help people develop soft skills, expose them to networks and new ecosystems.
âAs an agency, we have gone to every nook and cranny of this country to educate people in rural areas in digital literacy. We have specialized programs for women, artisans and farmers.
âWe are working with stakeholders to organize this type of event to enable young Nigerians to find innovative solutions to solve our problems. This is the only way to lift us out of poverty and create prosperity, as developed countries globally prioritize innovation, âAbdullahi said.
FSI Executive Director Aituaz Kola-Oladejo said the organization stands ready to create an environment for young innovators to thrive.
Lamenting that innovation has yet to be democratized in Nigeria, Kola-oladejo said democratizing innovation will create all-inclusive products at affordable prices for Nigerians.