Digital Economy: Youth Leaders Task FG on Youth Inclusion, ICT Infrastructural Development
Nigerian Youth leaders have tasked the federal government on development of Information and Communication Technology Infrastructures across the country, if the Digital Economy plan is to be achieved.
This was stated in a communiqué issued by the Digital Literacy Advocacy Club and Centre for Information Technology and Development as recommendations by; Rt Hon. Mubarak Mijinyawa (Speaker, Nigerian Youth Parliament), Mary Kumode (Chairman, ICT Committee, Nigerian Youth Parliament), Gidado Shuaib (Executive Director, YouthsDigest), Ali Bob (Host, National Youth Dialogue), Shittu Yunus ( National Coordinator, Active Youth Advocacy Initiative) and Tomori Uriel (Lead and Growth Strategist, SavOfNS) at the National Youth Conference on Digital Literacy and Digital Economy.
According to the Youth leaders cut across political and Corporate sectors in the country, the need to ensure that Internet is affordable and ICT infrastructures are priorities cannot be underestimated. “Internet accessibility should be considered as a major factor in ensuring Digital Economy.
The need for infrastructural development should also be prioritized while data affordability should be well considered” one of the recommendations from the event read. There was also a clamor for more inclusion of ICT and Digital economy in Nigeria’s educational curriculums “The implementation of the Digital Economy policy should also take effect on the teaching curriculum of Nigeria, ensuring that Tertiary institution students are enabled to be part of the learning process. Schools should as a matter of compulsion teach Digital Literacy topics and Digital economy enabling resources” it was noted.
While commenting on the need for Youth inclusion, it was stated that while the need to get to the grassroot has become more important, this can be further achieved if youths are part of the execution of Nigeria’s Digital Economy plan including towards execution and partnership.
“There is a need for more grassroots outreach in the project to ensure that youths are “Digitally” inclined. This is as bulk of those who need Digital trainings and need to have access to internet more are at the grassroots and it is important that they form a major priority of the government. Aggressive sensitization, mass mobilization, seeking for volunteers, training and retraining of volunteers can help achieve this purpose” the communiqué obtained by this newspaper read in part.
Other recommendations from the event include; Inclusion of campus journalists in drive towards a Digital Economy, Building Online resource centre for youths to access materials, prioritizing information Literacy, ensuring collaboration and partnerships, leveraging on ICT for job creation among others.
The event which was hosted by the Digital Literacy Advocacy Club and the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), had Kemi Ann-Areola, the Special Assistant to the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development on ICT and Corporate relations as the guest speaker.
The event was declared open by the Communications and Campaign Officer at CITAD, Mr Ali Sabo, who said the importance of Technology has become very important and can be a tool to fight poverty.