NITDA set to train 1m application developers in 18 months

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Pix (above): Kashifu Inuwa, DG, NITDA

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has perfected strategies to train, at least, one million developers in various areas of application development in the next eighteen months, with the mindset that the deployment of digital technologies is a fundamental tool in the implementation of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to make the world a better and safer place.

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 The Director General of the agency, Kashifu Inuwa, said this would be done in collaboration with various stakeholders in the ecosystem with the ambition of making Nigeria the hub of digital talents in Africa.

Speaking through the Acting Director of the agency’s Corporate Planning and Strategy Department, Dr. Aristotle Onumo,  at the Global Digital Economy Summit organised by the Junior Chamber International Nigeria (JCIN) in Lagos, Inuwa urged everyone to take advantage of the various opportunities provided by the government, even as he expressed delight at the theme of the event: ‘Digital Transformation – Defining Our Success Pillars,’ stressing that the purpose of the event clearly aligns with the agenda of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR,  in sustaining the digitization of Nigeria. 

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He said: “I am, indeed, delighted with the theme of this summit which aptly captures the main essence of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) and resonates with the goal of our strategic road map and action plan 2021-2024.”

Inuwa who expressed the hope that adoption and use of digital technologies come with capacity of providing unprecedented opportunities which the public and private sectors can leverage on to increase their productivity and market access, stated that the Nigerian government’s commitment to the growth of the country’s digital system stands out, while emphasizing that several programmes and initiatives have been designed by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and NITDA to increase the level  of digitization and digitalization in public and private institutions.

According to him, the ongoing implementation of the NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan 2021-2024 developed to harness the vast opportunities and growth potentials of the digital technology sector has accelerated Nigeria’s digital transformation.

“As an agency working towards the digital transformation agenda of this present administration as contained in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), we have initiated the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Support (TIES) scheme that will encourage more innovation-driven startup ventures to be formed, with an emphasis on indigenous technologies,” he revealed, stressing the agency’s commitment to ensuring the empowerment of citizens with infotechs.

The DG informed that the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) was established to develop an army of IT proficient and globally competitive manpower as part of its contribution to the successful implementation of the Digital Transformation Policy, asking youths to be innovative driven to benefit maximally from government initiatives./SHARE THIS

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