The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has called on Microsoft to diversify their services to areas that are critical to the development of the nation and are in line with the mandate of the Agency while highlighting on areas like capacity building, job creation, cybercrime and IT regulations as key focus areas.
The DG stated this when he and some members of his management received the delegation of Microsoft Nigeria on courtesy visit to NITDA headquarters in Abuja.
He expressed delight over the domestication of Microsoft services in Nigeria to boost local content development of the nation.
Pantami also advised the team on the spread of ICT interventions to all geopolitical zones of the country especially in the north east where they are trying to rebuild the community due to insurgency. He said focusing in one area only is creating more knowledge gaps among the citizenry.
Earlier, the Microsoft Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Director, Rimini Makama said, Microsoft has been Nigeria for the past 14 years, with over 80 Nigerian employees and had form local partnership with about 1, 750+ companies who have employed over 45,000 people.
” We are in collboration with our local partners, expanding local cycles of innovation in Nigeria by empowering small businesses, nurturing innovators and enabling workers to compete in the global economy,” said Makama.
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, “Microsoft has been fulfilling this mission as a partner in Nigeria’s efforts to help its citizens unleash the power of technology through the development of Nigeria’s local software and information technology services industry”, She added.
Makama further revealed that, Microsoft have also launched the Youth Employability Portal solution (AIKI), a specific online platform for Nigerian youths to get advice on interviewing, writing their CV, browse job boards and access many more resources. This training she said, ” has shared more than 5,000 job opportunities for youth and engaged more than 12,000 new users through our Social media platforms”.
The Corporate Affairs Director said that , Microsoft also run a global program that provides free software, support and visibility to help startups succeed for a period of three year and also train youths on how to Code, which impacted 2,500+ Students across 20 schools with over 80 volunteers in 4 cities across Nigeria. Participants ranged from private school students to children in slums who had never used a computer before.
The Microsoft Team were at the Agency to meet and discuss some policies and also to explore areas of mutual collaboration and partnership in deploying ICT services in Nigeria.