NCC welcomes proposal to train 3m Nigerians on digital skills
November 16, 2023
The Executive Vice-Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Aminu Maida has applauded a proposal to train three million Nigerians, to enable Nigeria become an exporter of digital skills.
Maida made the remarks at the City Business News Submit, in Lagos. The programme has attracted more than one million applicants.
The NCC boss noted that the summit was capable of increasing Nigeria’s pool of technically-skilled persons in the global market.
He said this may lead to potential employers of digital and technical skills, globally, to begin to engage more Nigerians.
Kiin Media reports that the theme of the summit is “Repositioning Nigerian Economy through Telecommunications: 2023 and Beyond”.
In his presentation, Maida said Nigeria’s vision is rooted in her belief that embracing this disruption and fostering innovation will propel the nation toward sustainable growth, economic diversification. It will also enhance living standards of all Nigerians.
NCC boss this “is in recognition of the rapid pace of technological advancement that is disrupting industries across the globe”.
Ismail Adedigba, Director of Research and Development, represented the NCC’s chief executive officer (EVC) at the summit.
The vision is to accelerate Nigeria’s growth as a global technical talent hub and a net exporter of talent.
“It is also to deepen and accelerate our position in global research in key technology areas and raise the dynamics of our economy. This is by significantly increasing the level of digital literacy across Nigeria.
“In this regard, the Minister of Communication is looking to create a pipeline of three million technical talents.
“This programme, is expected to increase the level of digital and technical skills among Nigerians, especially young and middle-level talents, to 70 per cent by the end of 2027.
“This will position Nigerians to productively contribute to the economy and place us in the top 25 percentile of research globally in the key areas.
“Such key areas are Artificial Intelligence (AI), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), IoT, Robotics, Blockchain and Additive Manufacturing,” the EVC said.
According to Maida, the policy direction of the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy centres on five pillars.
These are to deliver on the goals of fostering economic growth and development.
“These pillars include policy, infrastructure, innovation, entrepreneurship and capital, trade and knowledge.
“They are the bedrock of the Strategic Vision Plan (2023/2025). They form the guide to channel our efforts towards harnessing the potential of telecommunications sector and drive positive change.”
NCC, he said, would provide an enabling environment to build critical infrastructure required to power a strong digital economy.
It would also guarantee improved access to quality broadband connectivity and efficient management of the nation’s spectrum resources.