The need to build capacity in an economy has been noticed to be the most important part in national building and economic emancipation not hope in natural resources. Nations today are tilting from dependancy on resource like crude oil, ore etc to knowledge ! Having noticed this,under able leadership of Kashifu ,the current Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). The agency recently embarked on a grand scale capacity building in the area of mobile phone technology.

The ongoing training of Artisans (phone repairs) taking place at Suleja, Niger State, facilitated by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Digital Economy agenda and lifting 100m Nigerians out of poverty. It is strongly believed that the graduands would add value to the society with their skills.

Nigeria is a massive economy that is dependent on mobile telephony for broadband and internet connection and also for phone calls! Work over 130 million Nigerians connected to the world via mobile phones and smartphone useage about 70 million plus, NITDA has seen the gap and the market demand for qualified smartphone technicians especially in the Northern Nigeria where dearth of skills is alarmingly high.

Not only this, NITDA has been building capacity in virtually all the sphere of ICT from establishment of incubation centres and hub, deepening the appreciation of local software and apps to interventionist policies for the tech space.

National Information Technology Development Agency is a public service institution established by NITDA Act 2007 as the ICT policy implementing arm of the Federal Ministry of Communication of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Anthony Emeka Nwosu

DigitalNigeria

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