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  • Updated: October 27, 2023

NITDA Director General Aims For Three Million Digital Tech Jobs In Four Years

NITDA Director General Aims For Three Million Digital Tech J

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Director General, Kashifu Inuwa, asserts that it is possible to create three million jobs in the digital technology sector in the next four years.

This was said by Inuwa on Friday in Abuja during the Public Sector Digital Innovation Summit, which was hosted by Datamellon and AWS (Amazon Web Services).

Bernard Ewah, the NITDA's acting director of e-Government Development and Regulation, was in his place.

According to Inuwa, the agency is currently collaborating with the public and commercial sectors to meet the goal by 2027.

He stated that the Federal Government will collaborate with stakeholders to train three million technical talent under the initiative.

The director general declared that job placement would take precedence and that by the end of 2027, 70% more people will be digitally literate.

“If you look at the share size of our population that translates to potential producers of talents.

“Our talents have proven to be very productive in the country and are also recognised everywhere in the world.

“These can be seen in the number of innovations that have come out of Nigeria.

“The sheer size of demand for talents globally means that Nigeria is been modest in our projection, but we have to start somewhere and then scale up,” he said.

He said that NITDA has always contributed to forging the best route for Nigerian talent development.

Inuwa declared that the organisation will persist in providing assistance and cooperating with its associates, on behalf of the Federal government and the Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy.

“NITDA is working with an ecosystem of partners to ensure that the right sets of policies and actions are taken to democratise the space.

“Our goal is to make it easier for not only government organisations to have Web presence but also for citizens to access services seamlessly.

“What we are experiencing today with the public sector innovation summit is a manifestation of NITDA’s age-long philosophy of engagement with a broad spectrum of stakeholders,” he said.

In order to secure the sector's success, he stated that the government cannot act alone and that all pertinent parties must work together.

“For instance, even in our key mandate of developing policies, we no longer sit in our offices to develop policies.

“We engage and co-create policies  that is the only way that we can create policies that can be useful and highly impactful to stakeholders.

“So, policy making for us is not the perogative of NITDA alone. It involves the poor person on the street and that’s why this engagement is considered useful and important to us,” he said.

Speaking during the conference, Wale Adedeji, CEO of Datamellon, predicted it will change the nation's public sector technology.

According to Adedeji, the business is a digital corporation committed to changing the face of innovation in the digital sector.

“Our mission is to empower government and organisations with cutting-edge technology, enabling them to serve their citizens better, faster and smarter.

“In the digital age, data is the new currency and the overall goal of AWS is all about cost reduction and making sure that you get real value for whatever the services provided,” he said.

The summit's goals, he added, included exploring how AWS's cutting-edge cloud solutions are transforming government agencies' operations and unleashing the power of the platform.

According to Adedeji, attendees had the chance to network with professionals in the field and establish connections with leaders in the government, business leaders, and AWS specialists to gain insightful knowledge and useful partnerships.,” he said.

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