Several government agencies, particularly the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Galaxy Backbone and the Federal Institute Of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) have confirmed their participation in this year’s Digital Innovation Conference, holding in Kano, North-West Nigeria.
Some other collaborating agencies include: the Nigeria Postal Service, The Nigerian Communications Commission, Bayero University Kano among others.
These agencies confirmed their participation in separate correspondents, to the organizer of the event, Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD).
Specifically, both NITDA and Galaxy Backbone said their endorsement and subsequent participation at the event scheduled for 18-19th of August, is part of the present Federal Government’s agenda to spread its tentacles toward diversifying the economy, which is hitherto depended on crude oil.
“The best way to get out of the present economic quagmire is to explore opportunities in digital innovations. This is where the world is going. As a government agency saddled with the responsibility of building IT capacity, especially among the youths, we cannot be left out of the opportunities this year’s Digital Innovations Conference presents,” said Hadiza Umar, Head of Corporate Affairs Department at NITDA.
Also giving reasons for their participation at the event, Mr. Ginger Ekeh Head Corporate Communications, Galaxy Backbone said the conference is coming at the right time and is in tandem with its pursuance of digital inclusion in order to meet the government’s aspiration for a digitally inclusive society.
“The conference would give us an opportunity to share our agenda to see the full digitisation of the public sector,” he said.
In a related situation, the Director General Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi, (FIIRO), noted that the agency was proud to identify with CECAD in its efforts to build new capacities adding that the agency is in the drive for empowerment through research.
Meanwhile, Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD), the organizer of the conference with the theme ‘Building a New Nigeria in a Digital Economy’ has stated that the conference will examine how the rapid expansion of digital technology and broadband is transforming the economic opportunities for millions of Nigerians.
According to Dr. Bayero Agabi, Executive Director for CECAD, the conference presents an opportunity to engage multi-stakeholders of high-powered panelists, experts and audience drawn from both the public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy to articulate best ways for promoting youth innovation, job creation and economic development in the digital world.
“The world is going digital and Nigeria cannot be left out. We are providing a platform for stakeholders to articulate best ways for government and the private sector to drive this digital agenda,” he added.
The Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development is an advocacy, training, public education and development non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO). The overall aim of CECAD is to promote cyber responsibility by Internet users at the local, regional, national and international levels through advocacy and public education.
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