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IT Outsourcing, e-Commerce Can Create Over 40m Jobs for Nigerians – Minister

Posted: Apr 19, 2016 at 8:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuzor Emejor

Abuja – Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications, has said Information Technology Outsourcing, e-Commerce could create over 40 million jobs for Nigerians and contribute billions of dollars to the economy.

Speaking at the 14th Annual Innovation Africa Digital Summit [IAD-2016] in Abuja on Tuesday, Shittu said the present administration was set to leverage on the benefits of the digital revolution, innovation and convergence of technology to kick-start a new digitally SMART Nigeria.

He said the Federal Government is partnering with South Korea on e-Government, adding that the collaboration would enhance Nigeria’s capability for efficiency, transparency and accountability in governance, with its attendant benefits trickling down to the citizens.

He assured that the ministry was committed to ensuring a policy and regulatory environment that would attract the massive private sector investment required to continue accelerating the creation of a robust, pervasive and ubiquitous ICT infrastructure across the country in the next few years.

To this end, he said the re-calibration of the existing policies and institutional configuration as well as the values that underpin these initiatives would be constantly reviewed to meet the present day realities.

As part of measures to promote local content policy, the minister said the Federal Government would continue to draw attention of Nigerians to support local content policy, which demands that organisations and industries in Nigeria, including government agencies, patronize locally developed products from Nigeria.

He said the government is also fast-tracking initiatives to expedite the penetration of reliable and affordable broadband plan for robust internet services availability in the country, adding that it would lead to economic development and several business growths.