NITDA Boss Foresees ICT Sector Surpassing Oil Revenue
TECH DIGEST – The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Inuwa, has disclosed that technology is already the way forward in information, communications and other modern activities such as meetings, prescriptions by doctors, conferences and other related activities.
These, he said, has aided the implementations of policies and strategies for the growth and development of our country.
The DG stated this in a remark at the Digital PayExpo 2020, with the theme “Emerging Technologies and the National Digital Economy Plan”.
“It is the next oil, simply because of its rise in the nation’s Gross Domestic Product which has paved way for the creations of jobs directly or indirectly and also an avenue for flow of revenue to the country. Everything is evolving around technology and with technology work and activities are done at ease and reduces the cost of implementation at the end of the day,” Abdullahi said.
He revealed that NITDA is actively accelerating digital inclusion in Nigeria by taking advantage of the spread of existing infrastructure across the country, focusing on skills rather than degrees; and progressively increasing the contribution of digital technologies to the economy.
According to him, the Agency, since the implementation of its IT roadmap has prepared Nigeria and created ways for the adoption of the 4th industrial revolution which will serve as the yard stick for the digitalisation of the country’s mode of operation and the economy at large.
He added that the impact of technology has gradually yield positive result, through skills acquisition, job creation, promotion of government service, capacity building carried out by the Agency at the different geopolitical zones in the country which has deepened the penetration of IT in Nigeria.