By Ibiyemi Mathew
The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has officially commissioned the National Information Technology Development Agency(NITDA) sponsored Community IT Centre in Hadejia, Jigawa State.
This is in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria launched by President Muhammadu Buhari which is made up of 8 pillars that include Developmental Regulation, Digital Literacy and Skills Development, Service Infrastructure, Solid Infrastructure, Digital Services Development and Promotion, Soft Infrastructure, Digital Society and Emerging Technologies and lastly Indigenous Content Development. It will be recalled that only last month, the Minister commissioned a similar IT Innovation Hub / Incubation Centre at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, which is in-line with the blueprint of the rebirth Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
The projects executed by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) are aimed at enhancing skills development, bridge the digital divide and promote innovative digital solutions that will address challenges facing the country.
In his remarks, Dr Pantami urged the beneficiaries to take full advantage of the centre, stressing that possessing digital skills is of great advantage in today’s global world when compared to degrees or certificates.
The Minister informed the gathering that the riches people in the world today are those who have invested their time in coming up with disruptive innovative ideas such as Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos and further encouraged the benefactors to take full advantage of the centre and aspire to be like them.
On his part, Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for citing the project in Jigawa State.
The Governor encouraged his people to take full advantage of the centre, maintaining that ICT is the best business any individual can venture into at this present time.