The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has announced a plan to create six million jobs in the Agricultural sector under a partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID).
The agency disclosed this through a statement by its spokesperson, Hadizar Umar, NITDA said the jobs will be created through the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture project. Through the initiative, the agency said it aims to create the jobs in the next 10 years in agricultural ecosystem.
According to the statement, the LINKS Deputy Team and Innovation Leader, Bello Yakassai, spoke on the project during a visit to NITDA in Abuja.
Mr. Yakassai said the project will support the development of a vibrant and diversified economy in three key northern Nigerian states of Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa.
He said the programme would focus on the development of high potential pro-poor value chains, supporting them to become productive, competitive and attractive for investment at every level.
NITDA’s Director-General, Kashifu Abdullahi, informed the guest that it has become expedient for NITDA to venture into how to integrate Information and Communication Technology, (ICT) into agriculture.
Mr. Abdullahi said ICT has been identified as a catalyst for economic diversification. “Digital economy is the new oil and this form the reason the Agency come up with issuance of licences to data companies as part of our regulatory function,” he said.
He described the regulatory function of NITDA as developmental, saying it is not aimed at stifling businesses but create opportunities.