By Juliet Umeh
It is a trying time for everyone in Nigeria as COVID-19 is adversely affecting the economy thereby leading to loss of jobs in all sectors.
The situation, according to experts, is escalating the poverty rate which has been on the rise before now.
But the cheering news is that the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has said it is embarking on aggressive training of Nigerians on modern and digital skills across the six geo-political zones of the country to enable them overcome poverty.
The Director General of the agency, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi revealed this
while the officials of AMAC, led by its Chairman, Hon. Abdullah Adamu Candido paid him a visit in Abuja.
Abdullahi noted that NITDA as an agency of government is saddled with a mandate to empower citizens with ICT skills.
He said: “It has already embarked on several intervention programmes through empowerment in the country, providing training in digital skills and assisting in digital capacity building to ensure that Mr. President’s promise to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty is realized.
“So far, the agency has embarked on several intervention programmes through empowerment in the six geo political zones of the country, providing training in digital skills and assisting in digital capacity building.”
“NITDA has created several ICT centers and hubs, supported ICT startups, and so much more which have created thousands of jobs for Nigerians.
“Collaboration with your council, AMAC, is equal to fulfilling our mandates. Part of the agency’s mandate is to ensure that digital skills and empowerment get to the communities especially the grassroots and the underserved.
“This visit is good and timely and we can work together to achieve optimum success in those areas, ” Abdullahi said.
Also, AMAC Chairman, Candido told the NITDA boss that the primary purpose of their visit was to enable his council share in the knowledge of ICT through the only regulating body in Nigeria, NITDA.
He said: “We are here to share knowledge and tap on the advantage of what is ruling the world at the moment which is technology.”
Candido also explained that his administration is doing all it can to make things different for its people by not just giving fertilizers to farmers but also by bringing new ideas and innovations such as creating ICT centers for AMAC communities to learn digital skills.