According to Prof Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020 to 2030 is an important intervention approved by the Federal Government to increase the self-sufficiency of Nigerian youths.
Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC Director of Public Affairs, described Danbatta as saying this at the commission’s North-West two-week training aimed at implementing the Federal Government’s goal to raise Nigerians out of poverty, which was held at the Kano Campus of Digital Bridge Institute (DBI).
“We, therefore, express our profound appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari and to our Ministry for making this particular training, which is a practical demonstration of one of the important pillars of the NDEPS 2020-2030, possible,” he pointed out.
The NDEPS aims to raise Nigerians out of poverty, particularly youngsters, a Danbatta advised Nigerian youngsters to put their newly learned skills and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools to suitable and legitimate use at the nationwide digital literacy training session.
The training, he continued, is the Commission’s idea, and it will be held in each of the country’s six geopolitical zones.
Danbatta stated that the implementation of the committee of experts’ recommendations, as approved by the government, gave rise to the training, which aims to train 1,000 Nigerian youths digitally for self-employment.
“The training has provided for you, useful skills, which you have acquired to earn a living for yourself without necessarily relying on the government to give you a job. It is our hope at NCC that you will apply the skills appropriately and impact your friends and associates”.
“I also urge you to resist the temptations to sell the laptops and other IT tools you are going to be provided with,” Danbatta told the participants”.
“It is consistent with this important policy of President Buhari that the Board of the NCC, two years ago, set up a committee of experts chaired by the former chairman, Ernest Ndukwe, to develop modalities and syllabus for the digital training of youths across the six geo-political zones of the country”.
The goals of the NDEPS are to promote digital literacy among Nigerian citizens, business owners, and government employees, as well as to enable them to obtain cutting-edge digital skills.
Others include achieving 95% digital literacy in Nigeria within the next ten years and developing digital education curricula to match the current and future needs of the digital economy; and ensuring that indigenous technology enterprises can actively participate in government-funded technology programs, and guarantee that policy and regulatory instruments are appropriate for their intended purpose and genuinely support the digital business environment.