Using digital literacy to foster self-employment

The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa, has called on young Nigerians to harness the potential of digital literacy, which offers them the opportunity to become self-employed and become employers of labour.

Kashifu made the call during the graduation ceremony to more than 1,300 apprentices who participated in a digital literacy initiative organized by Engausa Hub, in partnership with the Kano agency.

The chief executive who presided over the occasion, urged the youths to change their mindset from depending on white-collar jobs, noting that neither the government nor the companies could provide them with employment.

He said: “This training aims to promote digital literacy and digital job creation. Of the 1,300, almost 30% have created their own business and employ more than 10 people. We encourage more to join this type of program.

“We are working on developing a talent strategy to harness the talents of our young people. Because when we talk about the digital economy, the currency of the digital economy is data and young people. We have both in Nigeria.

Earlier, Engausa Hub founder Mustapha Habu Ringim said he has helped around 1,700 young people, including Almajiri children, to discover their talents and potential.

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