The Federal Government of Nigeria has unveiled new avenues for technological deployment aimed at enhancing efficiency across various sectors within the country.
Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, disclosed this imperative, emphasizing the critical need for connecting all schools, medical facilities, and government offices to digital technology.
Addressing stakeholders, including the Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd. (NIGCOMSAT), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), and the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), the minister underscored the significance of their role in advancing this agenda.
“The paramount objective for all stakeholders is the comprehensive digital connectivity of schools, medical facilities, and government offices.”
Nigeria stands as the third leading destination for tech startups in Africa, a testament to its burgeoning tech ecosystem. Tijani urged Nigerian leaders to enact policies supportive of this sector, fostering an environment conducive to innovation and entrepreneurship. Such measures, he asserted, would catalyze economic growth, address societal challenges, bolster tax revenues, and attract foreign investments.
In a statement issued by the ministry’s Head of Press and Public Relations, Ekaete Umo, Tijani commended the significant contributions of technology companies to Nigeria’s economy. He emphasized that the impact of the tech sector transcends mere fiscal contributions, emphasizing its transformative potential in vital sectors like health, agriculture, and education, as well as in enhancing workforce productivity.
Addressing participants at the 11th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy (NCCIDE) in Kano State, themed “Leveraging Digital Technology and Innovation to drive Nigeria’s Economic Growth and Development,” Tijani reiterated Nigeria’s status as a hub of talent, with numerous individuals making substantial economic contributions.
He highlighted the pivotal role played by global tech giants operating in Nigeria, such as MTN and Airtel, in driving economic growth, fostering innovation, and generating employment opportunities within the country.
Tijani affirmed President Bola Tinubu’s administration’s commitment to equipping the youth with essential technical skills to stimulate wealth creation, curb crime, and alleviate poverty. He underscored the significance of Nigeria’s abundant natural resources and burgeoning population as pivotal assets for national prosperity, urging stakeholders to facilitate the integration of digital technology to unlock diverse opportunities for all citizens.