Creative Technology: Government Restates Commitment To Capacity Building

By Na'ankwat Dariem

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The Nigerian Government has reiterated its commitment to building the capacity of the Country in creative technology.

 

This will be embarked upon by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS).

 

Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwu said the desire to create massive employment opportunities through digital skills has informed NITDA’s various upskilling programmes.

According to Inuwa who spoke at a recent Creative Technology Programme that focused on business opportunities in Nigeria, the programme aimed at developing and retaining talents in Nigeria.

 

The NITDA boss who was represented by at the event by Dr Salihu Abdulkarim, stated that the agency was making tremendous efforts in pursuing a robust and all-inclusive talents development agenda that will create a competitive environment for the production of IT goods and services in the country. The programme would serve as a mechanism for diversifying Nigeria’s revenue using digital economy,” he stated.

 

His words: “The various capacity development programmes in our strategic plan have been designed to serve as a foundation for rapid development in all sectors, and we have built hundreds of digital capacity training centers and IT incubation hubs across the nation to facilitate these programmes.”

 

We have all we need to grow and compete with some of the biggest industries in the world. Retaining talents within Nigeria can only happen if we all agree to stay here and build what we have. We have started building an ecosystem that will accommodate more people and help the development of a thriving community for tech talents in animation, games and AR within Nigeria.”

 

He assured Ascend Studios Foundation, the organiser of the capacity building programme, of NITDA’s continuous support.

 

About 30 participants were trained in the first phase of the programme and they are expected to train another 3000 participants across the country.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim