Following the order by president Muhammedu Buhari restraining foreign experts on ICT solutions in Nigeria, the National Information Technology Development Agency has approved establishment of ICT Training and Job creation centre at Government Secondary School Afaha Eket to train young Nigerians on ICT skills in Akwa Ibom.
Director General of the Agency, Dr.Isa Ibrahim Pantami announced at the weekend in Uyo during the fourth edition of “Startup Friday” workshop organized by National Information Technology Development Agency to sensitize and encourage youths to embrace ICT as alternative money making business to oil and gas.
Tagged “Startup Friday” Pantami said the programme was carefully designed by the agency to identify brilliant youths who would initiate ICT Packages to proffer solutions to problems in various sectors of Nigeria economy. While they remain self employed with much money in their pockets.
He said “youths in Nigeria must embrace ICT as alternative to oil and gas as federal government has banned foreigners from providing packages that would solve problems in various sectors of Nigerian economy”.
He observed that ICT became necessary in all sectors of our national life such as education, defense, agriculture, transportation among others and advised youths start early training not minding their qualifications.
Pantami cited a young Nigerian in the united states who proffer an ICT solution from “Apple” company and the package was bought at the cost one billion dollars and charged young Nigerians to follow suits.
Represented by the commissioner for science and Technology in Akwa Ibom, Prof. Nse Essien, Governor Udom Emmanuel said ICT was necessary and would be incorporated into governance to bring various solutions and efficient service delivery to the people.
The workshop discussed several issues bothering on ICT innovations such as legal side of start ups, Digital marketing, startups business models and funding opportunities for startups by resource persons.
In an interview with TNN, Pantami explained that National Information Technology Development Agency was established to provides guidelines on ICT issues in Nigeria.
He said the agency was established in 2001 but confirmed in 2007 by the National Assembly and added that as part of their development plans the Agency consider establishment of offices in the country to encourage and mentor youths on ICT matters to help Nigeria solve problems in various areas of the economy.