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DigitalForAllChallenge: NITDA lauds initiative, unveils plan to create tech clubs in Nigeria

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of NITDA (6th from right) and Other Dignitaries at the Launch of DigitalForAllChallenge 2.0

*Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, discloses the collective mission of launching the programme as a complimentary effort is aimed at achieving a 70 percent digital literacy rate for Nigerians by 2027

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is intensifying effort at achieving 70 percent digital literacy in Nigeria by 2027, and the Renewed Hope Agenda of the present administration, in transforming the economy and empowering Nigerians through technology.

ConsumerConnect reports the Information Technology (IT) sector regulatory agency says Malam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of NITDA, who stated this while delivering a Keynote Address at the Launch of the skilling competition initiative, commended the DigitalForAllChallenge 2.0 initiated by Tech4Dev, and disclosed the agency’s plans to adopt the vehicle to create ‘Tech Clubs’ across the West African country.

Inuwa said: “Our collective mission is clear as we launch this programme as a complimentary effort toward achieving a 70% digital literacy rate for Nigerians by 2027.

“DigitalForAll Initiative is  a visionary programme poised to shape the future of our nation and we also intend to use our Digital Nigeria platform for the final competition of the programme.”

The Director-General also took the opportunity to elaborately explain the eight Pillars in the redrafted Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP 2.0) of the Agency.

He enumerated to include: Foster Digital Literacy and Cultivate Talents, Build a Robust Technology Research Ecosystem, Strengthen Policy Implementation and Legal framework, Promote Inclusive Access to Digital Infrastructure and Services, Strengthen Cybersecurity and Enhance Digital Trust, Nurture an Innovative and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Forge Strategic Partnerships and Collaboration and Cultivate a Vibrant Organisational Culture and an Agile Workforce in NITDA.

According to him, these are critical cornerstones to address the strategic challenges identified in realising the Agency’s mandates, mission, and values.

Stating that the document would be unveiled in the First Quarter (Q1) of 2024, Inuwa further described the competition as a well-thought-out programme and commitment to empower every Nigerian with the knowledge, proficiency needed to navigate and excel in the global digital landscape.

He said: “As we embark on this journey, let us remember that digital literacy is not just about skilling  people; it is about empowering them to unleash their full potential.

“It is about providing opportunities for growth, fostering innovation, and ensuring that no one is left behind in the rapidly evolving digital world; that is what this programme is poised to achieve.”

The NITDA Chief stated: “Our key objectives of the DigitalForAll Initiative hinge on  Inclusive Digital Literacy, Accessible Learning Platforms, Public-Private Partnerships, Measurable Impact, and  Awards.

“For us to succeed, therefore, collaboration with government agencies, educational institutions, industry leaders, and communities cannot be overemphasised.”

He as well assured: “Together, we will create a ripple effect of change that transcends barriers, bringing digital literacy to the forefront of our national development.”

While extending gratitude to all the partners, sponsors, and individuals who have joined hands to make the “DigitalForAll Initiative” a reality, Inuwa urged all parties to embark on the challenge journey with enthusiasm, determination, and a shared vision of a digitally inclusive Nigeria.

He further assured: “We commit to a future where digital empowerment knows no bounds, and every Nigerian is equipped to thrive in the digital age.”

Earlier, Founder, Tech4Dev, Joel Ogunsola, while welcoming guests and giving an overview of the DigitalForAllChallenge, made it known that a total of One Hundred and Fifty (150) Million Naira will be  won  across the different categories as prizes.

Ogunsola said:

“We believe and are driven by the fact that every Nigerian deserves the right to digital literacy and skills for the future of work.

“There are very intentional efforts by NITDA  to invest in the sustainability of this initiative for the long run.”

The Tech4Dev Founder also informed the audience that there will be essentially, the state level challenges, regional; at the geopolitical level, and the grand finale which will be held on NITDA’s Digital Nigeria International Conference and Exhibition Day.

“The challenge has two phases, the training and competition phases. After the first, beneficiaries will be required to take an assessment to qualify for the second phase,” he noted

The agency described the initiative by Tech4Dev and in partnership with NITDA and Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is arguably, Africa’s largest digital skilling competition, designed to reward self-development and encourage the acquisition and use of digital skills through competitive incentives.

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