NITDA To Flag Off ‘Ties Scheme 2022’ – DG NITDA

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is introducing the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Support Scheme (TIES) to provide opportunities and build the capacity of both Hub Managers and Technology startups to ensure the massive creation of entrepreneurs and jobs within the ecosystem, in accordance with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS).

During a webinar session with stakeholders and TIES Scheme members, NITDA Director-General Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE, explained the purpose, noting that the idea was conceptualised during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist industry partners who have established IT hubs to upskill their hubs and help with their businesses.

He stated that because of the epidemic, many economies are battling to survive, making it clear that embracing the new normal of encouraging the development of innovative technologies to improve the economy is the way forward.
According to Inuwa, the project will be utilized as a platform to invest in creative people who can create jobs for themselves and others and will allow partners to develop their ideas into products and services.

“NITDA, as a Federal Government Agency, was established to, among others, develop and regulate Information Technology (IT) in Nigeria and is assiduously working to develop the innovation process through the creation of enabling platforms and opportunities propelling creative ideas from inception to actualization, resulting into impact in the society.”

“As an Agency, we noticed that most of the young talented people who have ideas lack mentorship.” He added that “innovative solutions are needed to tackle the problems in the country which NITDA is helping by creating the avenue that would provide a balance between the innovators and the markets,” he added.

He further said that to accelerate the prosperity of the country, NITDA is working on delivering the target of achieving 95% digital literacy by the year 2030 which is possible if the Agency and its partners work together.

The NITDA boss explained that the target could be achieved by engaging two perspectives, these are; getting people to understand and use technology and digital services, and building capacity in other to establish digital services locally.

“There is a target to train 1 million developers in the next 18 months, and we will be looking forward to getting better ideas from you on how to deliver this initiative because as a government agency we believe the only way to achieve success is to work together and establish stronger partnerships between ourselves,” he concluded.


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