The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Aminu Maida, praised the initiative led by Hon. Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, aimed at training three million Nigerians in ICT skills over four years. This endeavor seeks to position Nigeria as a hub for digital expertise and attract international engagement for Nigerian talent. At the City Business News Summit in Lagos, Maida highlighted the potential of this program, already drawing one million applicants, to bolster Nigeria’s skilled workforce for global tech markets.
Addressing the summit’s theme, ‘Repositioning Nigerian Economy through Telecommunications: 2023 and Beyond,’ Maida emphasized Nigeria’s focus on leveraging technological disruptions for sustainable growth and economic diversification. The NCC aims to transform Nigeria into a global tech talent hub, enhance digital literacy, and elevate research in pivotal technology sectors like AI, IoT, Robotics, and Blockchain, aligning with the Minister’s strategic plan.
Maida reiterated the Ministry’s five-pillar approach to drive economic growth, emphasizing policy, infrastructure, innovation, entrepreneurship, capital, trade, and knowledge as foundational to the Strategic Vision Plan (2023 – 2025). He reaffirmed the NCC’s commitment to facilitating critical infrastructure, ensuring broadband access, and efficiently managing spectrum resources for a robust digital economy.
Urging collaboration with stakeholders, Maida expressed confidence in achieving these ambitious goals through strategic partnerships and emphasized the relevance of these interventions, calling on Nigerians, particularly the media, to engage and contribute to this transformative journey.