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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has revealed that the Federal Government has set a target to achieve 95 digital literacy in the country by 2030.
Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi made this disclosure on Tuesday at an Innovation, Research, and Software summit organised by the National Association of Computing Students in Abuja.
Speaking on the topic titled, ‘Technology Renaissance for Innovation and Productivity’, Abdullahi revealed that the government had already trained 200,000 youths in the use productivity tools, digital content creation and digital marketing in 2021 alone.
He said, ‘Globally, the most valuable companies in the world are in Information Technology.
‘Today, even the richest countries are getting money from digital economy than resources like crude oil.
‘At NITDA, we crafted our strategic roadmap and action plan 2021 to 2024 with seven strategic pillars to help youths benefit from the national digital economy policy.
‘We have a target of achieving 95 per cent digital literacy by 2030. So, we have launched many initiatives to train people.
‘This year alone, we have trained close to 200,000 Nigerians in different areas of digital literacy.’
According to him, the Federal Government launched the digital Nigeria online portal where youths can go online to acquire training in digital literacy.
‘We also have the NITDA academy, which is equally a self-learning platform.
‘The government is developing a framework to license private organisation to also carry-out digital literacy training, because we know that government cannot do it alone,‘ he added.
Abdullahi described the COVID-19 pandemic as a blessing in disguise, saying the experience created an opportunity for technology and innovation to drive economic activities in the country.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK