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The Federal Government has said it is aware of difficulties in securing white-collar jobs by youths in the country and this has compelled it to look inward to build technology entrepreneurs.

This was revealed by the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency ([NITDA), Dr. Isa Pantami, during the ninth edition of Startup Friday event for Akwa Ibom youths in Uyo, the state capital.

According to him, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become inevitable. The future of the country’s youths depends on ICT.

The Director General said the Startup Friday programme was created to encourage every Nigerian to look inward in tackling
Nigeria’s economic problems, stressing that, “ICT is the global driver of all aspects of the economy”.

“We are aware of the harsh condition in securing white-collar jobs in the country. So, it has become apparent for the government to focus more in building technology entrepreneurs. A developed indigenous ICT eco-system would help the country to diversify its economy from oil.

“Data is the new oil. With the two local content-related Presidential Orders, we need to focus on locally-produced innovations for our local markets. NITDA intends to encourage and support ICT entrepreneurship and promote it as an attractive career option for the teeming youths”, he said.

He said the startup was brought to Akwa Ibom to encourage the youths to eke a living through ICT, adding that plans had reached advance stage to establish a Digital Job Centre in the state.


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