The Federal Government is to provide innovative digital skills for millions of young Nigerians through the National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ibrahim Pantami who stated this at the foundation laying ceremony of the National Digital and Entrepreneurship Centre, Abuja said Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship are globally recognized as two prerequisites for achieving an indigenous Digital Economy therefore the digital innovation and entrepreneurship programme will support the development of the digital economy sector.
Dr Pantami said the Buhari administration developed a National Digital Economy Policy with a vision for the development of Nigeria’s digital economy with Over 120,000 Nigerians benefitting from online digital skills program, and over 80,000 of them receiving one form of certification or another.
Dr Pantami said the National Digital Economy Policy will support Small and Medium enterprises (SMEs) with the aim of becoming Innovation Driven Enterprises (IDEs) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an institution rated as the world’s 10th largest economy, with gross revenue falling between the GDP of Russia and India.
The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Dr Kashifu Abdullahi said the agency will not relent in broadening the opportunities in the sector to further diversify the nation’s economy.
The event featured the foundation laying of the Centre building and accommodation quarters by guests including the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari and other heads of ministries Departments and agencies in the communications, oil and gas as well as the private sector.