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Nigeria unveils strategy to make 90 percent of citizens digitally literate by 2030

Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani, Minister for Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Sharing Nigeria's Digital Economy Plans with the Global Audience at the Recent 78th UNGA Conference in New York, US Photo: 'Bosun Tijani/LinkedIn

*Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani, Minister for Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, discloses the Federal Government plans to advance manpower development at hardware training centres in popular tech hubs, including Aba, in Abia State, and Computer Village, in Lagos State, to advance manpower development and expand job opportunities for over 200 million citizens

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

As the West African country intensifies efforts at maximising the inherent benefits of the digital economy, Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani, Honourable Minister for Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, has said that 90 percent of Nigerians should be digitally literate.l by 2030.

The Minister, who stated this while featuring on a Channels TV Programme aired Thursday, October 12, 2023, said “we have a programme called digital literacy.

“The plan is that by 2030, 90% of Nigerians should be digitally literate.

“Digital literacy doesn’t mean that you become a technical talent but it gives you the foundation to be able to choose that you also want to participate in the digital economy.”

Tijani also said the Federal Government had plans to train three million Nigerians in technical skills in the next few years.

He disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy is collaborating with state governments to accomplish the vision and ensure the digital literacy initiative is well-supported.

The Federal Government, Tijani noted, plans to set up hardware training centres in popular tech hubs, such as Aba, in Abia State, and the popular Computer Village, in Lagos State.

Objectives of digital literacy programme

The Minister further said the ultimate goal of the digital literacy programme is to advance manpower development and expand job opportunities for over 200 million Nigerians.

Inclusion of indigenous languages in tech training and software development

On whether the Nigerian Government plans  inclusion of indigenous languages as languages of instruction in such designated technology training and software development, Dr. Tijani stated: “We also quite keen on how to ensure that Nigeria can become a leader and participate actively in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) development because this is where technology is now being biased, especially when your own language and reality is not taken into consideration.

The Minister said: “One of the things we are doing there is supporting projects and initiatives that can ensure that all languages in Nigeria are also included in the AI drive so that the machines can recognise all the languages and we are not talking about the popular ones, which are Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo.

“We are talking about all the languages that people may not pay attention to as important languages.”

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