The Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency ( NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Inuwa, stated that the Agency is targeting to protect and create a million jobs in the ICT sectors this year.
He stated this during a virtual submission of the report of the NITDA Advisory Committee on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Technology and Innovation Ecosystem also known as Tech4Covid19.
Tech4Covid19 Advisory Committee was constituted at the wake of the pandemic in Nigeria, to come up with measures to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on start ups, small and medium businesses as well as the technology ecosystem.
He stated that the agency was looking at start ups doing agricultural value chains, empowering hubs, developing and implementing the framework of business process outsourcing and other areas, where thousands of jobs can be created directly or indirectly.
“In doing so, I urge the committee to develop a business plan; stating facts and figures on how the IT sector will create and protect jobs.
He added that “if we have the facts and figures to present to the government, they will intervene quickly as job creation is one of its top priorities.
He stated that the committee is not to address the pre- COVID-19 issues, but to look into challenges of the In-COVID-19 and prepare the nation for the post-COVID-19 world.
“We all believe that a lot of things will change after these pandemic. As some believe that the 4th industrial revolution will take place. As such we need to unlock this hidden opportunities or identify the silver lining which are the Digital First and keep businesses up and running.
“A lot of technologies will come on board and people will embrace them. A lot of things are going to change and a lot of businesses are going to be powered by technologies,” he said.