By Ogaga Ariemu
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami said the Federal Executive Council (FEC), has approved the establishment of the National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre in Abuja.
Pantami made this disclosure to the State House correspondents shortly after the end of this week’s FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday.
He said centre is established in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), aimed at addressing the challenges of unemployment and citizens employability in Nigeria.
According to him, the programme, which would be run by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is going to provide training platform for millions of Nigerians in the digital innovation and entrepreneurship interests.
“We came up with this plan to establish a digital innovation and entrepreneurship centre where millions of our citizens are going to be trained as entrepreneurs, particularly in ICT, so that they will be future potential employers rather than being employees.
“This is, somehow, in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, they have a programme they call Regional Entrepreneurship Accelerated Programme (REAP), where they support a country or an institution to produce many entrepreneurs in the area of their choice.
“So, our focus, looking at our mandate in the ministry, is on the development of ICT and this centre is going to be managed by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), while the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is going to provide the policy direction for the centre and to supervise the implementation of the policy. It is going to be completed in three years,” he said.