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FG’s Effort Towards 95% Digital Literacy By 2030 Achievable, Says DG NITDA

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said the Federal Government efforts toward promoting digital literacy has started yielding results, indicating its 95 per cent digital literacy target by 2030 achievable.

The Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, made this known at the graduation ceremony of 50 children, including 10 Almajiris at the Engausa Global Tech Hub in Kano State.

The young children were subjected to extensive training for two weeks on innovative digital skills in Computer Networking, Installation of CCTV cameras, Graphic Design, innovative creativity, among others.

Engausa Global Tech Hub is an Incubation centre,  currently working in collaboration with NITDA in Kano, where young boys are being subjected to intensive training at their early stage, using the Hausa language in building their skills on digital technology.

Inuwa said that the centre had in 2021 trained over 700 young boys who were selected from various rural communities in the state, adding that he was very happy that the centre has cooped young Almajiris into the system.

STAKEHOLDERS’ ENGAGEMENT CRITICAL FOR REGULATORY AGENCIES -DG NITDA To further underscore the role of data of various kind as the ‘new oil’ in our emerging digital economy, the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) Mallam Kashifu Inuwa has said; “It has become imperative for stakeholders and regulatory agencies to engage in effective management of environmental data and information management due to the rapid increase of environmental impact assessment that has made data become more valuable during decision making”. Mallam Inuwa, who was represented at the 15th National Stakeholder Forum of the National Environment Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA, by Barrister Emmanuel Edet, NITDA’s Head of Legal Unit, made this assertion while delivering the goodwill message on his behalf on the theme "Environmental Data and Information Management: A key to Environmental Governance in Nigeria. Mallam Inuwa noted that by looking at levels of pollutants, emissions, and other wastes that are being discharged, government and relevant stakeholders in the environmental protection sector can evaluate how to remain environmentally compliant, become more efficient, and save money, resources and manpower by making informed decisions through the use data. While commending the convening of stakeholders’ forum at this period as very apt and timely, the NITDA boss expressed that adequate consideration to the importance of environmental data and effective information management in providing solutions to environmental challenges would encourage and promote data accuracy. “The availability, ease, and speed of collecting environmental data have significantly accelerated in this information age due to the widespread use of digital technologies that has enhanced easy access to direct observation of various environmental data, which is now increasing within consumers' reach,” Inuwa said. He disclosed that robust environmental governance requires the participation of stakeholders, provision of fair legal frameworks, and transparency in decision-making processes, as well as the enforcement of policies following due rules and regulations. He also appreciated the management of NESREA for its consistency in involving stakeholders in making decisions that concerns the nation. In his welcome remarks, the NESREA’s Director General, Prof. Aliyu Jauro, noted that the Agency had initiated the gradual implementation of its data and information management through the recent automation of its processes namely; the Compliance Monitoring Information Systems, (NECMIS), which is dedicated to ensuring that compliance records generated over the years are organised to produce useful environmental governance and the NESREA Permit, Audit and Management, (NESPAM), which is intended to aid the generation, collation, analysis, storage and retrieval of data for compliance monitoring and enforcement programs. He urged all the participants to synergize their efforts towards achieving the expected outcomes of this year’s forum. The event witnessed various environmental enthusiasts and stakeholders from Ministries, Departments and Agencies, (MDAs) of Government, consultants, corporate organisations, the academia and civil society groups. The Hon. Minister of State Environment, Hon. Sharon O. Ikeazor Esq presented the keynote address while the opening remark was delivered by the former Minister of State for Environment and Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alh Ibrahim Usman Jibril, who was the special guest of honour at the event.
MALLAM KASHIFU INUWA ABDULLAHI, NITDA DG.

“We have been collaborating with Engausa as the founder said. As a result of the intervention we have done for the centre last year,  they had multiplied the number of people they trained. In 2021 they trained more than 700 people in this centre as a result of this collaboration,” he said.

Kashifu added that the agency has been expanding the collaboration and we are going to do more with them this year to see how we can help the less privileged children to have access to digital technology. 

“One of our mandates is to implement the policy under the National Digital Economy Policy for digital Nigeria to a logical conclusion in achieving the 95 per cent digital literacy by 2030. You know the government cannot do it alone, we need to partner with centres like Engausa to achieve this. So, we are working with them to even expand this centre beyond Kano to other States and also to see how we can equip them more,” DG added.

Explaining further, Kashifu said; “we are also looking at how we can assist the children who have participated in this programme to start their own businesses.”

Earlier,  the founder of the centre, Mr Mustapha Ringim, said the centre was out to bridge the productivity gap among the young people, especially those who cannot make it to informal school. “I realised that there are a lot of things that I can offer to the community concerning breaking some barriers and bridging some gaps which are limiting the productivity of our youth, especially the downtrodden ones at the grassroots, the Almajiris, and school-drop-outs who cannot continue their studies due to lack of proficiency in the English Language, among other things,” he said.

Ringing said he realised that Language should not be a barrier to achieving one’s dream, especially when it comes to the global world. He argued that there are a lot of developments in countries that are not using the English Language as a medium of learning skills, like European countries where English is not well spoken but still technology,  innovation and creativity is flourishing in those countries. 

“So, I realised that the English Language is not the only medium of learning skills, it is not the only medium of prosperity when it comes to knowledge and when it comes to practising what you know.  

That is why I break the language barrier of English and domesticated the technology and the skills I have in me so that the people will easily tap from my knowledge through the use of Hausa language for better understanding of the subject matter, ” he explained.

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NITDA Pledges Promotion Of Digital Literacy, Skills To Persons With Disabilities

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African British Set To Honour Mama Diaspora, Sophia Group, Alayo Homes Excellence Awards, Viva Properties, Others To Receive Award …ABIRO Awards 2021 Tagged; Unsung Heroes Excellence Awards, Realtors Exhibitions, and African Beauty Pageant The selected individuals and organisation’s great contributions to humanity thereby empowering thousands of people in the country is a huge success to Nigeria economic growth, this event will feature multiple Award Winning Real Estate Celebrities, PWAN Harmony Realtors; Viva Properties MD/CEO, Ms. Vivian Emmanuel; Alhaji Rotarian M.A. Jimoh Alade; Pastor Olushola Ajani; Alayo Homes among others who will be receiving excellence awards due to consistent services to humanity.The African British Group (AFBIG), led by its Chairman, Otunba (Rotarian) Ja’afaru Braimoh is on course to champion the awakening of the Unsung Heroes Excellence Awards, Realtors Exhibitions, and African Beauty Pageant in Nigeria commencing in Lagos State to celebrate and recognize outstanding Nigerians. To achieve this, the African British Group, alongside its partners has put together the maiden edition of the African British Group with the Theme; “Uniqueness in Diversity and Purposeful Leadership”. According to the organisers, the African British Awards seeks to recognize exceptional individuals who have considerably contributed, through business development and investment, to growth and development in Africa. They maintained that the selected leaders have used their positions and power to impact positive change on the continent. The event which will take place on Saturday, 4 December 2021, at Excellence Hotel Ogba in Lagos, will be attended by many dignitaries and a host of key stakeholders, industry players in the business sector. Speaking about the importance of the ceremony, African British International Group Chairman, Rotarian (Otunba) Jafaru Braimoh, said, “These men and women play a critical role in developing the Nigerian economy and, in proxy, the African economy. The challenges the business sector encountered during the pandemic have created an opportunity to drive sustainable wealth creation and economic development through policies that foster innovation and digitalisation, addressing severe societal challenges. AFBIG is strategically positioned to invite stakeholders in form of partnerships that will foster the growth and development of the Nigerian economy. The Awards Committee said, “The initiative of AFBIG is to recognize our heroes, engage key stakeholders in the business sector is a commendable step to revitalizing the economy and positioning it to attract greater global flows for sustainable economic recovery. For your real estate investment decision in Lagos & other states across Nigeria. Contact VIVA PROPERTIES for free advice consultations and inspections on affordable and genuine lands/homes. DM/Call/WhatsApp: 08173177741/07089132078. To participate in the beauty pageant contest, click here http://bit.ly/3BxXCGu to register or send Curriculum Vitae (CV) to afribritishawards@gmail.com for the African British Beauty Pageant 2021 of African British Award, Real Estate Exhibition, and Beauty Pageant Maiden Show slated for Saturday 4th of December, 2021 at Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Lagos by 12noon. Eligibility: Age limit: 18-45years Good looking Height: from 5 upward Must have two attires: One English wear, one Native wear. Ready to attend the show at the set date. Assessment would be on the WhatsApp group. Note: it’s going to be strictly by invitation. Media partners for the event include BusinessEcho Magazine (Print and digital news) http://www.businessechomagazine.com and ROTA Media News www.rotamedianews.com by ROTA MEDIA CONCEPTS. TAGS

…NITDA KEEPING PACE WITH PLWD THROUGH DIGITAL INCLUSION

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In a bid to ensure the implementation of equal opportunities and promote digital inclusion, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has pledged its continual promotion of digital literacy and skills to Persons With Disabilities (PWD).

The Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE, made this assertion while receiving the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons With Disabilities, NCPWD, James Lalu, and his team on a courtesy visit to the Agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

Inuwa ostensibly agreed with the description of the Executive Secretary, NCPWD that President Muhammed Buhari, GCFR, is the friendliest PLWD President since the amalgamation of the nation in 1914, haven passed into law the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018.

The Director-General assured his visitors of NITDA’s continual inclusion of PWD in all its initiatives with a special training session specifically targeted at equipping them with necessary tools, knowledge, and skills on digital transformation.

According to Inuwa, “building a digitally inclusive community requires participation and support from all stakeholders, and partnership with the NCPWD would accelerate the campaign of promoting digital inclusion. We can work together to design special initiatives that would expand the impact of the two organisations.”

“We can organise a challenge where people would come up with ideas to create a disability-friendly application,” this Inuwa added, would be an enabler that would assist in optimizing the best technology to meet identified objectives.”

“Your commission can work towards building a special IT hub while NITDA provides the technical know-how and necessary tools,” suggested Inuwa.

He informed the team that the Agency has opened a link where PWDs in South-South Zone can register for a five-day empowerment program on digital skills and entrepreneurship at Port Harcourt from the 24th till 28th January 2022.

While responding, the Executive Secretary, James Lalu, haven commended NITDA for its efforts in promoting digital inclusion among PWDs saying, the PWD commission prays for extension of training periods, curriculum, the need for experts and training facilitators at the eLearning Training Centre to work in collaboration with the aim of developing a robust website.

The meeting finally agreed on setting up a team comprising staff of both organisations to work out modalities and possible areas of collaboration.

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Opolo Global Innovation, Oracle Academy Hold Digital Skill Building Program Tomorrow

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Opolo Global Innovation and Oracle Academy have teamed up to train on a digital skill-building program that will rapidly transform the digital competencies of working professionals and corporate workforces with digital skills training programs and courses.

The Digital Skill Building Program organized by Ọpọlọ Global Innovation in collaboration with Oracle Academy will take participants to the first step towards achieving technology development goals in 2022.

A hybrid event slated for tomorrow, Tuesday 18th of January, 2022 is aimed at bringing more digital skills to millions of people worldwide in the year 2022. This initiative will bring together every part of companies, combining existing and new resources and oriented organisations.

Ọpọlọ Global Innovation, an innovation advisory platform for innovators who need infrastructure and support networks to grow, and for investors who need promising start-ups and ideas to invest in. be modified according to the client’s requirements. We have a rich base global network of partners across Research, Entrepreneurship, Management, Technical, Funding, Mentorship, and Coaching support benefits. Especially for corporate investors, there are opportunities for outsourced R&D and the potential for portfolio and market extension.

Oracle Academy advances computer science education globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields.

Specially organized for academics, researchers, and tech enthusiasts.

Register via https://bit.ly/33lLFrS

Date: Tuesday, 18th January 2022
Time: 10am

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NITDA Set To Launch Hackathons In 3 States

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NITDA Set To Launch Hackathons In 3 States

…The challenge is open to ALL- students, entrepreneurs, and innovators

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy through its subsidiary, the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) is hosting 3 editions of the NITDA HACKATHON in January 2022.

NITDA Hackathon is a national event in collaboration with academic institutions to drive digital innovation and entrepreneurship by challenging Nigeria’s teeming youths to ideate and develop solutions from inception through to the market.

The hackathon is set to develop and grow a global network of IT experts, comprising Nigerian youths within the country and in the diaspora. It is targeted at inculcating entrepreneurship spirit in academia, creating a platform where industry and public institutions will leverage the academic research ecosystem to solve national challenges using technology.

This year, the focus is on Agriculture, Security, and Logistics. The first edition will hold between 18th – 20th January 2022 at the Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH), Yola, Adamawa. And the second edition will hold between 25th – 27th January 2022 at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, while the third edition will hold between 31st January – 2nd February 2022 at the University of Calabar, Cross Rivers State.

The challenge is open to ALL- students, entrepreneurs, and innovators.

The successful startups’ groups in each category will be awarded cash prizes and will have the opportunity to develop their idea further for commercialization with NITDA’s support.

For more information, please visit the link https://bit.ly/32FshGF.

Get To Know More About NCAIR: The National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) is one of NITDA’s special purpose vehicles created to promote research and development on emerging technologies and their practical application in areas of Nigerian national interest. NCAIR is also focused on creating a thriving ecosystem for innovation-driven entrepreneurship (IDE), job creation, and national development.

For more information: https://www.ncair.nitda.gov.ng

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