The Federal Government on Monday inaugurated the digital Nigeria portal and mobile app.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, said the move was in furtherance of the Digital Nigeria Programme, which was kicked off by the President Muhammadu Buhari, on March 19, 2020.
At the inauguration in Abuja, the minister said the programme was part of the Federal Government’s initiatives aimed at empowering innovators and entrepreneurs with the requisite skills to thrive in the emerging digital economy.
Pantami said the Digital Nigeria Programme was a key component of the digital literacy and skills pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a digital Nigeria.
He stated that in delivering this mandate, the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy was partnering global institutions including the African Development Bank and Microsoft to enable Nigerians acquire digital skills.
The minister said, “We are championing a paradigm shift that lays emphasis on skills in preference to merely having degrees without skills. Degrees are only meant to validate skills.
“This is a growing trend across the globe. The digital literacy and skills pillar recognises the fact that citizens are the greatest assets in any economy. It will support the development of a large pool of digitally literate and digitally skilled citizens.”
On the Digital Nigeria mobile app, Pantami said the application was available on playstore, adding that it would enabling Nigerians to enroll in ICT courses within the comfort of their homes.
He noted that much of the content was provided through AfDB’s partnership with Microsoft.
The minister said students could download certificates after they completed the courses, as the portal would also allow the government to include additional courses from time to time.
Pantami encouraged Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunity by enrolling at digitalnigeria.gov.ng; or academy.nitda.gov.ng/, as the portals would give details on how to register and how to download the relevant mobile apps.