Nigerian government sets 10 year plan to achieve digital literacy

Na’ankwat Dariem,Abuja

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The Nigerian government has said that Nigeria would achieve digital literacy in the next 10 years.

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami,  stated this at a media parley with journalists, he said this would be possible with the digital economy policies which the present administration is determined to implement.

We want to ensure that at least ninety five percent of Nigerians are digitally literate. Our administration will come to an end in 2023. But it really says why we mentioned in the next 10 years. It is not about one administration but about Nigeria as a country. 

“Our focus is the country and because government is a continuum, whether we are in place or not. We want to ensure that we leave office with some things for the incoming administrators to come and implement.” He said

Pantami noted that the global digital economy is worth $16. 9trn, urging state and local governments to key into the National Digital Economy policy.

The Minister  said  that the digital literacy training would cut across several categories of Nigerians, and would be taken to all corners in the country.

“Starting from 2020, we want to embark on a massive training of Nigerians on digital literacy and that is why we have so many classes of our trainings. We have digital Nigeria for women, Digital Nigeria for journalists, digital Nigeria for unemployed youths, Digital Nigeria for unemployed graduates, Digital Nigeria for civil servants,  Digital Nigeria for chief executives, Digital Nigeria for use, Digital Nigeria for people with disabilities, Digital Nigeria for children”.

So, we have Digital Nigeria for each and every one of them, and it is  subject to availability of funds which is one of the constraints. We want to ensure that we embark on a massive training for Nigerians, some on digital literacy, some on  digital skills, and  it all depends on their own level. Our focus is those who can read or write.If you can’t read or write then you can be trained. But if you don’t have these keys of how you can read or write then it is difficult for you to get the training and that is why our plan is subject to availability of funds in the next 10 years.” The Minister noted

Pantami explained that President Muhammadu Buhari, after unveiling the National Digital Economy Policy Strategy, mandated the ministry to develop and implement a national digital economy.

He further said the draft National Digital Economy Policy captures some actionable plans to ensure the policy is effectively implemented.

He added that the ministry is being re-positioned to align with the FG’s Economic Recovery and Growth plan saying that providing the citizens with digital skills leads to producing potential employers.

Ime Njoku