Nigerian youths have been urged to take advantage of the Digital Capacity Building Centers (DCBC), Digital Job Creation Centers (DJCC), and other Information Technology (IT) Intervention programs provided by NITDA to aid in bridging the digital divide and boost the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The call was made by the Director General of the Agency, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim when he received a high powered delegation from the Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi (ATAP) at the Agency’s Corporate Headquarters in Abuja.

The delegation which was led by the chairman, governing council of the institution, Alhaji Ali Umar Misau disclosed that the purpose of the visit, was to seek collaboration with, and intervention from the Agency in promoting ICT innovations and entrepreneurship. He revealed that “the institution intermittently reviews its education policies to aid in addressing problems in the society, and it has identified ICT Innovation and entrepreneurship as an area capable of curbing youth restiveness and exposing innovative ideas within the nation’s future leaders”. He further stated that the polytechnic currently runs a Certificate, National Diploma (ND), Higher National Diploma (HND) programs in computer science.

In his response, Dr. Pantami further informed the delegation that “NITDA is a regulatory body charged with the mandate of regulating Information Technology (IT) for sustainable national development in Nigeria, and top among the Agency’s priority are; capacity building to provide special intervention programs such as establishing of IT Innovation and incubation hubs and awarding of both foreign and local scholarships to boost Information Technology (IT) output in the country.

Dr Agu Collins Agu, Director Information Technology Infrastructure Solutions (ITIS) at NITDA advised the institution to forge a strong tie with the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), Office for National Content (ONC), which are both subsidiaries of NITDA to identify and nurture students with innovative ideas that will pave way for the creation of wealth and a revenue flow for the country, thus attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

In her vote of thanks, Mrs Uwa Suleiman, Principal Corporate Affairs Officer NITDA, further stressed the need for reputable educational institutions in the country to take advantage of the Agency’s initiatives and open door policy to build and strengthen the IT capacities of their schools in order to ensure a solid foundation in IT among the nation’s youths.