ICT, key to limit coronavirus impact on digital economy – NITDA

Na'ankwat Dariem, Abuja

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The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, says the initiatives by the Nigerian government to reposition Information Communications Technology, ICT would reduce the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the digital economy.

The Director General of NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa stated this when the Commandant of  the Nigeria Defence Academy, Major General, Jamilu Sarharm paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He lauded the proactive measures of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration at promoting digital economy.

The Director General noted that the redesignation of the Ministry of Communications to Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the unveiling of Digital Economy Strategies and Planning and the Digital Nigeria project which focuses on digital capacity building would go a long way in reshaping the economy in the post-pandemic era.

These initiatives have helped because they are emerging globally and in Nigeria, what we have learnt from the pandemic or the crisis just made them profound and we are all embracing digital technology. A lot of things are going to change. We are not going to go back to normal life. In terms of businesses, some will close down and new opportunities will come. So we don’t want to be left behind. We want to be part of the people shaping the new normal we are currently facing,” he stated.

Inuwa therefore urged Nigerians to explore the opportunities the crisis has provided and accelerate the trend that will shape the digital economy.

He also reiterated the need for people to acquire requisite skills needed for  digital economy

When we talk about digital economy, we are talking about knowledge economy which human capital is a key enabler because knowledge is what influences the digital economy,” he explained.

He also disclosed that NITDA has prioritized capacity building and collaboration with universities to produce the right skills needed for the digital world.

Peace PIAK