The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, recently said in Gombe State that Nigeria’s march towards achieving 95 percent digital literacy by 2030, as enshrined in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), 2020 -2030, now looks more promising than ever.
Pantami, who chaired the graduation of participants in a two-week Digital Job Creation Training for the North-East in Gombe, which was facilitated by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), said: “The reason we educate citizens is because digital skills are no longer considered a luxury, but a necessity in any business you do.If you want to be successful, you need to have digital skills.”
According to the minister: “Nowadays ICT is not only an independent sector, but the most important enabler of all other sectors. It offers opportunities in education, health, agriculture, security, defense, manufacturing, trade, investment and industry,” he added.
He therefore urged participants to adopt innovation-driven enterprises and use the training they received to improve their economic status and make Nigeria a better place.
“We must use ICT to make our country a better place. We even have to use ICT for our personal economic benefits, among other things. That is why we would like to encourage you not to waste your time online, but to use the knowledge you have gained to make Nigeria a better place while reaping many economic benefits from it at the same time,” he added.
The minister stressed that recent reports from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on the performance of each sector of the economy, which indicated an unprecedented ICT contribution of 18.44 percent to the economy, were heartwarming about the prospects for the economy. industry meet the expectations of the relevant policy.
“So implicitly we set a record last year and surpassed that record this second quarter of 2022 without including the digital services. Only the ICT sector contributed 18.44 percent, which can be attributed to the policies we have put in place in the sector,” he said.
He said the training, which has taken place in nine other states, including the Federal Capital Territory, will be delivered in the remaining geopolitical zones.
The Digital Job Creation Training is a two-week program aimed at young people who wish to develop and improve their ICT skills to foster and enhance growth in the untapped and commercially viable digital economy both locally and globally.
Each participant in the training received a starter pack consisting of a laptop with accessories, a MiFi Modem with a three-month data subscription and some money.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy was very pleased to hear about the remarkable contribution of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector to Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2022 (Q2 2022).
This is reported by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in the ‘Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product Report’ for the second quarter of 2022, which was recently released.
The digital economy sector led by Mr. Pantami has continued its trend to play a key role in the growth of the Nigerian economy.
The NBS report indicated that the ICT sector contributed 18.44 percent to total real GDP in the second quarter of 2022. This is the highest contribution of ICT to GDP and is truly unprecedented, marking the third time that the sector has made an unprecedented contribution to Nigeria’s GDP during the minister’s tenure – in the first quarter of 2020, the second quarter of 2021 and now the second quarter of 2022.
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