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FG Hopeful Towards Attaining 95% Digital Literacy In Nigeria By 2030

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Nigeria’s march towards attaining 95 per cent digital literacy in 2030, as contained in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), 2020-2030, now looks more promising than ever.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami said this in Gombe last weekend.

He presided over the graduation of participants at a two-week Digital Job Creation Training for the Northeast in Gombe, which was facilitated by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

He noted “the reason we train citizens is because digital skills are no longer considered a luxury, but necessities required in any business you do. If you want to be successful, you need to have digital skills.’’

“ICT is not just an independent sector but the key enabler of all other sectors today. It enables opportunities in education, in health, in agriculture, in security, in defence, in manufacturing, in trade, in investment, and industry.”

He, therefore, urged the participants to adopt innovation-driven enterprises and to utilize the training they have received to improve their economic status and make Nigeria a better place.

“We have to utilise ICT to make our country a better place. We must use ICT even for our economic benefits among others. Therefore, we want to encourage you not to waste your time online but rather to use the knowledge you have acquired to make Nigeria a better place and at the same time, derive many economic benefits from it,” he said.

The Minister highlighted the recent report of the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, about the performance of each sector of the economy, which indicated an unprecedented ICT contribution of 18.44 per cent to the economy, as very heart-warming about the prospects of the industry meeting with the expectations of the relevant policies.

“So, by implication, we set a record last year and we surpassed that record this second quarter of 2022 without involving the digital services. Only the ICT sector contributed 18.44 per cent, which can be attributed to the policies which we have introduced in the sector,” he said.

However, while commenting on the performance of the sector, the minister noted that the growing contributions of the ICT sector to the GDP is a result of the commitment of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, to the development of the digital economy.

According to him, the support of President Buhari has contributed immensely to the impressive developments in the sector.

“The unprecedented contribution of ICT to Nigeria’s GDP can also be attributed to the dynamic and results-oriented leadership of the sector. The GDP report has shown how critical the ICT sector is to the growth of our country’s digital economy and, by extension, the general economy.

“The minister congratulates all stakeholders in the digital economy ecosystem for this cheering news. He also renewed his call to all sectors to take advantage of the Federal Government’s new focus on the digital economy to enable and improve their processes through the use of ICTs. “This would enhance the output of all the sectors of the economy and boost Nigeria’s GDP,” Pantami stressed.

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