October 26, 2020

By Daniel Kolawole/TnTv Network

As part of the implementation of a National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria. The Federal Govenrmrnt has launched the Digital Nigeria Portal and Mobile App.
Speaking during the launch in Abuja, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ibrahim Ali Pantami said the journey towards developing Nigeria’s Digital Economy commenced when President Mohammadu Buhari approved the request of redesignation of the Federal Ministry of Communications as the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, along with an upgrade of the mandate, on the 17th of October 2019.

Exerpts;
”I am highly delighted to launch the Digital Nigeria Portal and Mobile App as part of the implementation our National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria. I am also very happy to welcome our partners- the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Microsoft, represented by Ebrima Faal, Senior Director, Nigeria Country Department, AfDB and Ghada Khalifa, Director for Middle East and Africa, Microsoft Philantropies, respectively.
The development of our National Digital Economy is anchored on the following 8 pillars as stated in NDEPS:

  1. Developmental Regulation;
  2. Digital Literacy & Skills;
  3. Solid Infrastructure;
  4. Service Infrastructure;
  5. Digital Services Development & Promotion;
  6. Soft Infrastructure;
  7. Digital Society & Emerging Technologies; and
  8. Indigenous Content Development & Adoption.

Dr Pantami further stated that the Ministry have recorded a number of unprecedented achievements since it began implementing NDEPS. These according to the Minister includes:

  i.          resolution of the lingering issues of excessive Right of Way charges and vandalism of telecommunication infrastructure;

ii.          rapid broadband penetration, with an increase by about 10% in 11 months (with a value of 42.02% at the end of July 2020), instead of the average annual increase of about 1.7%;

iii. development and swift implementation of the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP);

iv. significant increase in the contribution of ICT to the GDP based on the Q2 2020 GDP – 17.83% – as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics;

 v.          promotion of digital services in government, including Virtual Federal Executive Council meetings;

Today, we are formally launching the www.digitalnigeria.gov.ng portal and the ‘Digital Nigeria’ Mobile App. We are committed to enabling Nigerians acquire high level digital skills from the comfort of their homes.

Some of our objectives for launching these platforms including the following:

  i.          to empower innovators and entrepreneurs with skills required to thrive in Nigeria’s emerging digital economy;

ii.          to provide capacity building in a wide range of areas, including Digital Literacy, Productivity Tools, Web Development, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Database Administration, Networking, Programming, Internet of Things and Soft Skills; 

iii. to create a platform to support a paradigm shift from degrees to skills and bridge the gap between the academia and industry;

iv. to promote the development and distribution of instructional materials in electronic format; and

 v.          to create an enabling environment for building the capacity of Innovation Driven Enterprises (IDEs) and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through e-learning channels.

Further speaking on National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, Dr Pantami further emphasized on the importance of partnerships as a key requirement for the successful development of our National Digital Economy.

He said;
”The training content covers areas like Digital Skills, Productivity Tools, Web Development, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Database Administration, Networking, Programming and Internet of Things. There is also training on soft skills like entrepreneurship, research, marketing, business and how to create excellent resumes. As such, a wide spectrum of users, from beginners to advanced students, can find appropriate courses.


We will regularly update the platform to include more courses from time to time. It will enable us identify skilled Nigerians for additional capacity building opportunities and allow us to easily conduct surveys to identify courses of interest. Students will receive certificate of completion after completing the courses.”

The Digital Nigeria programme will provide a platform to empower Nigerians to develop relevant skills and build innovative solutions to address challenges within our community.

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