Stakeholders Canvass For Youth Inclusion in Nigeria’s Digital Economy Policy
Stakeholders have canvassed for an inclusion of Youths in Nigeria’s drive towards a Digital economy.
This was stated by Youth leaders during a National Youth Conference on Digital Economy and Digital Literacy hosted by the Digital Literacy Advocacy Club and Centre for Information Technology and Development on Saturday.
The event which had many youth participants and leaders cut across organizations also had the Special Assistant to the Honorable Minister of Youths and Sports Development on Information and Communication Technology and Corporate Relations, Kemi Ann-Areola, as the guest speaker.
The theme of the event was “Building a viable economy and Nigerian Youths; Role of ICT and Digital Literacy” .
Speaking at the event, the guest Speaker, Kemi Ann-Areola, stated that the government through the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development is committed to empowering Youths through Technology and Information Technology.
“We have many programs we have lined up towards empowering youths in the area of ICT, as we are committed to ensuring that young minds are empowered as key part of developmental efforts in the country” she noted.
She further tasked youth organizations towards joining the cause in ensuring spread of Digital Literacy and ICT powered economy in the country
“I wish to task youth leaders to see themselves as part of the development to increase the number of persons who are ICT inclined in Nigeria. We can do this with our collective efforts and for this reason we are ready to collaborate” she stressed.
Earlier, Mr Ali Sabo, who is the campaign and Communications Officer at the Centre for Information Technology and Development, declared the event open on behalf of the organizers.
He noted that technology has become a critical part of our society and must be used as a tool to fight poverty.
“The Digitalization of the country has become a very important one, for instance, during this Covid19, we have had cases of many sectors affected negatively but Technology companies have continued to survive despite all this happening, it shows us that the fastest way to get out of poverty is through Technology and information Technology” Mr Ali stated.
He also appraised the importance of the event especially coming at such a critical time.
Some of the Youth leaders at the event include; Rt Hon Mubarak Mijinyawa (Speaker, Nigeria Youth Parliament); Gidado Shuaib (Creative Director, YouthsDigest); Ali Bob (Organizer, National Youth Dialogue); Ibrahim Adeyemi (President, National Union of Campus Journalists); Shittu Yunus ( National Coordinator, Active Youths Advocacy Initiative); Mary Kumode (Head of ICT Committee, Nigerian Youth Parliament) and Tomori Uriel (Lead Consultant and Strategist, SavoFNS). Other participants also graced the event.
The organizers of the event noted that recommendations from the event will be released as a communiqué to support the efforts towards a Digital Economy and help the decision making process of the government.
The Digital Literacy Advocacy Club is an initiative of the Techmirror Magazine and is aimed at spreading Digital Literacy on the African Continent through trainings, advocacies, outreaches and seminars.