The Federal Government is to establish a Digital Job Centre in Akwa Ibom, the Director General, National Information Technology Agency (NITDA), Dr. Isa Pantami has said.
Pantami who disclosed over the weekend during the 9th edition of Startup event in Uyo, said the project was part of the FG’s measures to create jobs for the teeming youths.
The NITDA DG said the centre would help motivate and encourage the youths to come up with ICT solutions to nation’s challenges.
According to him, the agency was ready and willing to support any youth who has ideas through ICT to proffer solutions to problems confronting the nation.
“To encourage and boost the ICT ecosystem in Akwa-Ibom, NITDA is setting up a Digital Job Centre at the Government Secondary School, Afaha Eket, Eket LGA, Akwa – Ibom State.
“I want to thank the Executive Governor of Akwa – Ibom State, His Excellency, Udom Emmanuel and the good people of Akwa – Ibom for their support towards the success of this event,” Pantami said.
The director general added that the Startup programme was created to encourage every Nigerian look inward in tackling Nigeria’s economic problems.
Pantami said that since it has become difficult to secure white collar jobs in the present harsh economic situation, government has to focus more in building technology entrepreneurs.
According to him, ICT is inevitable and our future depends on it, stressing that ICT dominates the economy after oil.
“We are aware of the harsh conditions in securing white collar jobs in the country so it has become apparent for the government to focus more in building technology entrepreneurs.
“A developed indigenous ICT ecosystem will help the country to diversify its economy from oil.
“Like I have always said, data is the new oil. With the two local content related Presidential Orders, we need to focus on locally produced innovations for our local market.
“NITDA intends to encourage and support ICT entrepreneurship and promote it as an attractive career option for the theming youth,” he said.
He said the startup was brought to Akwa-Ibom, to spark up the entire spirit of the youth on the use of ICT to earn a living.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Science and Technology in Akwa Ibom, Prof Nse Essien, said that the state government has long embrace ICT in finding solutions to some issues facing the state.
Essien said Startup was a meeting place where all ICT professionals gathered to brainstorm on problems solving.
He urged the youth to embrace the programme and take serious attention to achieve the required