Digital entrepreneurship has been described as a crucial element necessary in ensuring a sustainable digital economy because through innovations in technology, people have been able to shop and sell products online much faster, making life easier.
This was disclosed by the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, while delivering a keynote address at a one-day action oriented roundtable/interface organised by Civil Society Groups for Good Governance with the theme “Maximizing Potentials of Digital Entrepreneurship for Youth Empowerment and Self Reliance”, in Abuja.
Speaking on the topic, “Fast-tracking Digital Revolution in Nigeria through the Mandate of NITDA”, Abdullahi, who was represented by his Special Assistant (Digital Transformation) Dr Aminu Lawal, stated that the rapid evolution of digital technology has made it possible for people to access information and has in turn, led to tremendous efficiency and effectiveness in work environment.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the NITDA Spokesperson, Hadiza Umar, Abdullahi stated that the agency has various initiatives that are geared towards digital entrepreneurship, citing Digital States Initiatives Programmes as an example.
He said NITDA has trained over 6,000 youths on digital marketing, content creation, branding and many more, adding that other trainings were undertaken, including training People Living with Disabilities, Women in ICT and training artisans on mobile phone repairs which were all aimed at teaching them how to derive economic value from digital technologies.
He noted that in order to carry out its mandates and objectives as stipulated by the NITDA Act 2007, the Agency is guided by its Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) 2021 – 2024, which is in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria.
The SRAP, according to the DG, is anchored on seven pillars with their respective goals and objectives namely, Developmental Regulation; Digital Literacy and Skills; Digital Transformation; Digital Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Cybersecurity; Emerging Technologies and Promotion of Indigenous Content.
The DG noted that the level of progress that has been made towards the realisation of the objectives and targets set in the roadmap that include; issuance of several IT developmental regulations and guidelines among which are the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR); Guidelines for the Management of Personal Data by Public Institutions in Nigeria; Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Framework and Guidelines for Public Internet Access.
Others include; Guidelines for Clearance of Information Technology (IT) Project by Public Institutions; Guidelines for Registration of ICT Service Providers/Contractors for Delivery of Services by MDAs; Nigeria Government Enterprise Architecture (NGEA); Nigeria e-Government Interoperability Framework (Ne-GIF) among others.
Abdullahi added that the digital revolution has been characterized by the emergence and evolution of technologies such as computers, mobile phones, the World Wide Web, online social networking, virtual communities, and many more.