Lagos Deputy Gov, JCI, Microsoft task youths on digital transformation
Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, has tasked the country to gear its effort towards accelerating improvement in the five pillars of digital economy.
The Deputy Governor itemised the five areas to include digital infrastructure, digital platform, digital financial services, digital entrepreneurship and digital skills.
Speaking during the Global Digital Economy Summit 2.0 organised by Junior Chamber International (JCI) in partnership with One Legacy, Hamzat said Nigeria has the potential to develop a strong digital economy, which would have transformational impact on the continent.
He said, “World Bank and Africa Union report between 2019 and 2021 showed that Nigeria remains the biggest economy in Africa with one of the largest youth population in the world.”
Hamzat, who was represented by the Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo, disclosed that many digital services and advancement came up during COVID-19, majority of which were made possible by youths.
“In line with this, I would like to admonish JCI Nigeria to implement mentorship programme for final year students in tertiary institutions across the country,” he said.
On his part, Lagos State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Hakeem Fahm appealed to the youths to develop passion for technology so that the country would be a major player in technology space.
Fahm stated that Lagos State has the highest number of start-up in Africa, while tasking young Nigerians on artificial intelligent, machine learning, and robotic among others, saying they are critical to digital economy.
Microsoft Country Manager for Nigeria, Ola Williams, admonished the youths to take advantage of series of opportunities at Microsoft in the quest to train and expose 30 million youths.
Williams said, “We have launched Africa Development centre where people can actually bring their innovation and lets brainstorm together, using Microsoft frame work of developing new solution to help people bring their solution to light.
“We have launched initiatives that provide support to 10,000 start-ups in Africa aside other packages that help people develop solution, access mentor and capital for start-up organisations. We have so many opportunities for both male and female.”
He appealed to young innovators to impact their immediate environment in the spirit of growing Africa, saying, “Any opportunities you have, make sure people around you have access to it. That is the only way we can grow Africa. We have human capital in this country that we can leverage on to make Nigeria a hub for innovation within Africa and export to the world.”
The host and National President, JCI Nigeria, Ambassador Olawale Bakare said JCI is a nonprofit organisation of young active citizens between the ages 18 and 40 that are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities.
“Active citizens are individuals invested in the future of our world. JCI gathers active citizens from all sectors of society. We develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions and take action.
“It is my belief that this summit will not only give birth to great ideas but also an inclusive and sustainable digital economy. I also thanked the JCI Nigeria National Director of Business and her team for putting the summit together.”