Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)Dr. Kashifu Inuwa has said the creation of three million jobs in the digital technology sector was achievable within the next four years.
Inuwa stated this on the sidelines of a Public Sector Digital Innovation Summit on Friday in Abuja, organised by Datamellon in partnership with AWS (Amazon Web Services).
He was represented by Bernard Ewah, the acting Director, e-Government Development and Regulation at NITDA.
Mr Inuwa said that the agency was currently working with the public and the private sector to surpass the target before 2027.
He said through the initiative, the Federal Government will work with stakeholders to train three million technical talents.
The Director General said job placement would be given priority, and the level of digital literacy of the population would increase by 70 per cent by the end of 2027.
“If you look at the share size of our population that translates to potential producers of talents.
“Our talents have proven to be very productive in the country and are also recognised everywhere in the world.
“These can be seen in the number of innovations that have come out of Nigeria.
“The sheer size of demand for talents globally means that Nigeria is been modest in our projection, but we have to start somewhere and then scale up,” he said.
He said that NITDA has always played a role in creating the right path towards developing talents for Nigeria.
Inuwa said the agency would continue to lend its support and work in collaboration with its partners, on behalf of the Federal government and the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy.
“NITDA is working with an ecosystem of partners to ensure that the right sets of policies and actions are taken to democratise the space.
“Our goal is to make it easier for not only government organisations to have Web presence but also for citizens to access services seamlessly.
“What we are experiencing today with the public sector innovation summit is a manifestation of NITDA’s age-long philosophy of engagement with a broad spectrum of stakeholders,” he said.
He said that government cannot do it alone, adding that all the relevant stakeholders must come together to ensure the success of the sector.
“For instance, even in our key mandate of developing policies, we no longer sit in our offices to develop policies.
“We engage and co-create policies that is the only way that we can create policies that can be useful and highly impactful to stakeholders.
“So, policy making for us is not the prerogative of NITDA alone. It involves the poor person on the street and that’s why this engagement is considered useful and important to us,” he said.