It’s time for young Nigerians to take advantage of the digital sector – NITDA boss – WorldStage
WorldStage Newsonline – The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has challenged young people to enhance their talent in emerging technologies for nation building.
Mr. Kashifu Inuwa, Managing Director of NITDA, who launched the call on Friday during the Blockchain Developer Summit 2022 at Baze University, Abuja, said it was time for young Nigerians to pull leverage the growing digital sector to address the myriad challenges facing the nation. now.
Inuwa, who explained how Blockchain technology can support digital transformation and facilitate Nigeria’s development towards a digital economy, said that NITDA is committed to creating and boosting the Blockchain technology ecosystem and ensuring that Nigerian innovators thrive.
“There are a lot of opportunities in Blockchain and it is essential in all businesses.
“Talent is the human component of technology and innovations with Blockchain and emerging technologies are about new solutions being brought on board.
“So you have to take responsibility for knowing what solutions or offerings the industry needs,” Inuwa said.
He said: “Innovation goes beyond invention, it has to get to the commercialization stage and until you can pitch your idea to someone to pay for your solutions, innovation wouldn’t be unfortunately only an idea.”
According to him, the government is building an ecosystem that will allow young people to hatch their ideas from conception to realization.
The NITDA boss also stressed the need for participants to have venture capitalists who would invest in their innovative ideas.
The DG also said that the organization developed the blockchain adoption strategy to help drive blockchain adoption in the country.
He said he would establish the Nigerian Blockchain Consortium which the summit would focus on.
Other steps to ensure the development of blockchain technology include strengthening regulation and development law and finding priority areas.
Promoting literacy and blockchain, incentivizing digital innovation, and the startup bill that passed third reading in the National Assembly are also other steps.
Inuwa instructed Youth Corps members to take advantage of this opportunity and start a business before the end of their year of service and eventually to always make sure they are among the first to act in any digital related business.
The DG also inaugurated the Artificial Intelligence/Blockchain Laboratory of the University of Baze along with some international innovators.
The summit brought together no less than 1,500 participants, mainly members of the National Youth Service Corps.