The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has said Nigeria’s march towards attaining 95 per cent digital literacy in 2030, as contained in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), 2020 – 2030, now looks more promising than ever.
Pantami, who presided over the graduation of participants at a two-week Digital Job Creation Training for the North-East in Gombe, which was facilitated by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, 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,”, a statement by NCC said on Monday.
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The minister highlighted that recent reports of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) show that the performance of each sector of the economy, which indicated an unprecedented ICT contribution of 18.44 per cent to the economy, is very heart-warming about the prospects of the industry meeting with the expectations of 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 that we have introduced in the sector,” he said.