Capacity building in ICT key to business development – NITDA

Na'ankwat Dariem,Abuja.

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The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi has identified capacity building as one of the key pillars and strategies for ICT development for entrepreneurs.

Kashifu Abdullahi while playing host to the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwale in Abuja said it’s for this reason that  NITDA is widening its scope and working on a framework to ensure Nigeria invest in  technology for businesses.

“The DG assured Nigerians of his commitment towards achieving the Federal Government’s Policy of Ease of Doing Business using advanced technology,“Abdullahi said.

According to the DG, NITDA is trying to create new digital industries that can support Nigeria’s digital economy through training of startups business, providing incentives and intervention, train startups and  the skills they need.

He added that NITDA, as a government agency with core mandate of regulating and developing Information Technology in Nigeria is currently leveraging and harnessing the talents possessed by young Nigerians to ensure they understand and utilise it in a business aspect.

According to Abdullahi, this is part of NITDA’s ‘Train the Trainer’ project.

He said, “We are all aware that the Federal government is ready to create enabling environment for young entrepreneurs, and NITDA is in the forefront of its realisation. Next month, we are going to Lagos State, probably on 9th March, we will meet with entrepreneurs and growing tech-business to see how we can assist them with some interventions.”

“At NITDA, we are working in line with the new strategy from the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and we are focusing on some key strategic initiatives, one of them is Developmental Regulation to create job opportunities for Nigerians,” he said.

The DG maintained  that the Agency’s door is always open for collaborations and partnership from well-meaning Nigerians who are ready to contribute their own quota in developing Nigeria’s new policy towards achieving Digital Economy.

In  her remarks,  the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr Jumoke Oduwale said the aim of the visit was to  brainstorm on the areas of job creation especially small scale businesses.

She said, her office focuses on initiating and developing key strategies to ease doing business in Nigeria.

Dr Oduwale  while commending the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy for his commitment towards digitalizing Nigeria, made an appeal to  DG NITDA  to identify crucial areas that can directly have monetary effects on local entrepreneurs in the country.