NITDA, NEPC seek partnership to promote  Nigeria’s digital economy –NITDA DG



Mr Inuwa, Director-General, National Information Technology Development (NITDA), has restated the ’s commitment to promote technological innovation and the digital economy.


Inuwa made the commitment Abuja, on Friday, when  he received the Director, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr Olusegun Awolowo, who visited him.


He said NITDA was willing to partner with the NEPC and other stakeholder agencies, to create a viable and innovative ecosystem capable of stimulating sustainable technological innovation.


The NITDA helmsman said the  ’s initiatives were targeted more at developing Innovation Driven Enterprises (IDEs).


“We have this focus because of IDEs’ long term benefits the global , they are game changers for jobs and creation.


“We hope to have a partnership and stakeholder collaboration will promote the export of the digital economy.


“To achieve job and creation, using digital technology, we need key stakeholders that are willing to transform ideas into productivity,” he said.


Inuwa also said that NITDA had been working with different organisations to achieve a sustainable digital economy through technological innovation and entrepreneurship support schemes.


He urged youths across the country to acquire digital skills and create an innovation culture the interest productivity and creation.
“Academic qualifications are no longer enough to provide jobs and create wealth in today’s competitive .


“As a body, we identify and select start-ups to get mentorship and training, we them with investors and corporate organisations for job creation,” he said.


Earlier, Awolowo, said the resident Muhammadu Buhari-led government had done well by rebranding the Ministry of Communications, to include digital economy.


He said the government could achieve more by diversifying into information technology and artificial intelligence, adding that proposed areas of partnership with NITDA could include, export of ICT infrastructure, youth training and job creation.


He also said that the two bodies could partner in the areas of a diaspora export programme, and smart agriculture.(NAN)