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ICT Training: NITDA to support Jigawa Government on advancing digital literacy for youths

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of NITDA

*Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, urges youths in Jigawa State to embrace important ICT skills to create jobs and wealth, and drive the Nigeria Digital Economy

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As part of efforts at activating the Nigeria Digital Economy agenda, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has urged youths in Jigawa State to embrace Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills because of its strategic importance and necessity to drive the Nigeria Digital Economy.

The Agency stated Inuwa made the call in Dutse, Jigawa State capital, during the flag off of a capacity building training program sponsored by the state government for 1000 youths in the state.

The training, organised through collaboration between the Jigawa State Government, NITDA, Baze University and IDEAS through the Jigawa State Development Agency for Youth Empowerment and Employment, is strategic in the state’s effort at exploring more economic opportunities for accelerated development.

Advising the Nigerian youths in general to embrace ICT skills for sustainable development and self-reliance, the Director-General of NITDA also noted that the world is shifting from paper qualifications to skills, stressing that those who want to succeed must key into it to survive.

“This training of the one thousand youths in Jigawa on skills in emerging technologies will enable the state to recover its lost glory as the leading state in the ICT sector of Nigeria in the early 2000s,” he stated.

According to Inuwa, NITDA will continue to partner with state governments across the country to “expand digital literacy for citizens’ exclusivity in propelling the national digital economy to fight poverty and poverty-related challenges in the country.”
NITDA Chief also emphasised the imperative of the training, as well described it as strategic to the state’s efforts at exploring more economic opportunities for accelerated development of the state.

Governor Umar Namadi if Jigawa State, represented at the event by the state’s Deputy Governor Aminu Usman Gumel, commended NITDA for its various intervention programmes in the state which cut across many sectors.

Namadi noted that they have aided the state to achieve the present feat in less than a year in office.

Other speakers at the flag off ceremony, including the Director General, Jigawa State Agency for Youth Empowerment and Employment, Dr. Habibu Ubale, and representatives from the collaborating organisations, all agreed that providing ICT skills to youths in the state would enhance sustainable economic development.

The training, which is focused on five areas with special attention to Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Software Development among others, is believed to produce young talents that will take the lead in pulling the string of digital development in the state and the country at large.

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