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Digital Economy: Higher institutions must partner government, private sector- Abdullahi

By Juliet Umeh

In order to achieve digital Nigeria in terms of technology innovations, entrepreneurship as well as human capital development, the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, has said higher institutions must begin to partner with the government and private sector.

The DG made the call while receiving a delegation from Yusuf Maitama Sule, North-West University, Kano, led by the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Aliyu Musa.

He emphasized that there is a need for a close collaboration between higher Institutions, industry and government to enable a smooth flow of information on what is required, so that the students can be trained accordingly.

Abdullahi said: “We drive a knowledge based economy and we need your support to develop the sector. The higher

institutions are the primary place for anybody coming to the work place as they have to pass through you to get all the knowledge to be in the workplace.”

“Never before has the need for strong partnership between the industry and the university become more critical as it is today because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nigeria before relied on some many things from other countries but with the pandemic we have realized that every country needs to build its capacity internally.”

Earlier, Professor Aliyu said that the university was at the Agency to seek for collaboration and interventions in terms of virtual learning, IT infrastructure and training with the objective of developing ICT education through the University.

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