95% Digital Literacy In Nigeria By 2030 – Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy
According to Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Nigeria’s march towards achieving 95% digital literacy in 2030 now appears more promising than ever,as stated in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), 2020–2030. He made the statement over the weekend in Gombe.
Pantami, who presided over the graduation of participants at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)-facilitated two-week Digital Job Creation Training for the North-East in Gombe, said “the reason we train citizens is because digital skills are no longer considered a luxury, but necessities required in any business you do. If you want to be successful, you need to have digital skills.’’
The Minister said, “ICT is not just an independent sector but the key enabler of all other sectors today. It enables opportunities in education, in health, in agriculture, in security, in defence, in manufacturing, in trade, in investment and in industry.”
In order to improve their economic situation and make Nigeria a better place, he advised the participants to adopt innovation-driven businesses and to put the training they had received to use.
“We have to utilise ICT in order to make our country a better place. We must use ICT even for our personal economic benefits amongst others. Therefore, we want to encourage you not to waste your time online but rather to use the knowledge you have acquired to make Nigeria a better place and at the same time, derive many economic benefits from it,” he said.
The Minister emphasized that recent National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, reports on the performance of each economic sector, which showed an unprecedented contribution of 18.44 percent from ICT, were very encouraging about the likelihood that the sector would meet the goals set forth in the relevant policies.
“So, by implication, we set a record last year and we surpassed that record this second quarter of 2022 without involving the digital services. Only the ICT sector contributed 18.44 per cent, which can be attributed to the policies which we have introduced in the sector,” he said.
When discussing the sector’s performance, the minister pointed out that the expanding GDP contributions of the ICT sector are a result of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s dedication to the growth of the digital economy.
He said that this success was largely due to the careful implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria, stakeholder involvement, and the building of an enabling environment.
He claims that the amazing developments in the sector are largely due to President Buhari’s assistance.
“The unprecedented contribution of ICT to Nigeria’s GDP can also be attributed to the dynamic and results-oriented leadership of the sector. The GDP report has shown how critical the ICT sector is to the growth of our country’s digital economy and, by extension, the general economy.
“The minister congratulates all stakeholders in the digital economy ecosystem for this cheering news. He also renewed his call to all sectors to take advantage of the Federal Government’s new focus on the digital economy to enable and improve their processes through the use of ICTs. This would enhance the output of all the sectors of the economy and boost Nigeria’s GDP,” Pantami emphasized.