Minister challenges youths to generate revenue through ICT

Na'ankwat Dariem, Abuja

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isah Ali Pantami

Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isah Ali Pantami, has called on Nigerian youths to key into ICT as a means of generating revenue and boosting the country’s economy.

The Minister made the call at the 7th Convocation Ceremony of Nile University of Nigeria, held in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital.

“I make a clarion call to you as well as to the over 30 million Nigerian youths today to ride on ICT to create a successful career for yourselves and play your part in developing our nation’s economy” the minister stated.

Dr Pantami noted that the nation and the economy would be a lot better if the youths keyed into ICT.

“Imagine what can happen if like the Skypes, Facebooks and Googles of this world, Nigerian youths use ICTs to bring their innovative ideas to life, both the individuals and the nation will be the better for it” Pantami noted.

The Minister further praised Nigerian entrepreneurs describing them as “highly innovative” adding that for this reason the global investor community is taking note.

“This explains why there has been a progressive increase in the level of investment in Nigerian startups” the minister explained.

The Minister explained that the funding to Nigerian startups exceeded the $100 million barrier in 2016 and increased further to $117 million in 2018.

“I am here to urge you to never be comfortable with your success or lack of success, rather be compelled to make progress and ICT is a ready platform to support this process”.

“Be passionate about your career, be very hardworking and ensure that you always raise the bar of your level of integrity.  This way you will position yourself for notable success” the Minister concluded.

Skill Acquisition
The Minister disclosed that the ministry would be embarking on a digital literacy programme that would in turn boost the economy of the country.

“We want to help a large number of Nigerians to acquire digital skills to the point that we become a potential destination for digital jobs from across the globe”.

“In order to prepare Nigerians to take advantage of digital opportunities, we are making arrangements to embark on a large scale intensive ICT digital literacy programme and ICT competency programme which we call the Digital Nigeria programme”.

“It will ensure that Nigerians from all works of life have the digital skills required to contribute to the digital economy”.

The programme is a deliberate effort to make Nigeria a regional hub of software engineers and a global outsourcing destination.

The Minister bagged the Outstanding Achievement Award presented by the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission Professor Abubakar A Rasheed who represented the Minister of Education.