Communications Minister seeks synergy to boost digital economy

Jack Acheme, Kano

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The Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim, Pantami has called for workable synergy between the Organized Private and Public Sector to drive the digital economy road-map in Nigeria.

Pantami made the during the North West zone Sensitization exercise held in Kano state north western Nigeria with theme:”The Role of the Public and Private Sectors in the Implementation of the Nigeria ICT Road-map for Digital Economy.”

He said the interaction represents a new vista, in the country’s collective drive to evolve a workable synergy, so as to reposition the country, in line, with President Muhammadu Buhari’s next level agenda.

‘We are conducting sensitization exercise across the six geo-political zones of the country to have stakeholders buy-in.”

”It is in a bid to facilitate the impactful adoption, adaptation and utilization of ICT for Nigeria’s socio-economic development,”  said the Minister.

The Minister was represented by the Director, General Services of the Ministry, Awwal Sani.

The ICT Road-map designed for implementation between 2017 and 2020 is to enhance capacity building, create jobs, wealth as well as revenue generation by the Nigerian government.

The Guest lecturer, Mr Najib Ali Marshal of the Nigerian Communications Commission exemplified that “through capacity building in the knowledge of computer programming which is a core part of the Digital economy, Nigeria can begin to create jobs and generate wealth like being gotten from Google and other internet services.”

He identified funding, policy, legal and regulatory framework, local content, capacity building as well as Industry and infrastructure as issues and challenges facing the programme, adding that, although  they are being tackled but if quickly resolved will fast track the digital economy road-map.

”The local content especially will reduce vulnerability of Nigeria’s security systems, enable the nation own the technology and reduce dependency on foreign technologies and companies that sometime hold us into ransom when there are industrial disagreement,” he said.

Participants were drawn from NIPOST, NCC, NITDA and private sector ICT company owners in the North Western part of Nigeria.