Adebayo Obajemu

The Federal Government has inaugurated the Nigeria Digital Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Startup Policy (NDIESP) in line with National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a digital Nigeria.

The policy documents comprise of five priority thrusts namely: Advancing Human Capital, Unlocking Access to Capital, Enabling Infrastructure, Boosting Demand, and Promoting Innovative Entrepreneurship.

According to the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, the policy is formulated to achieve a digital innovation and entrepreneurship-driven nation with particular focus on seeing improvement in the areas of digital technologies.

The Director General of NITDA Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, while making his presentation at the Public Sector Stakeholders’ Engagement organized by the Agency, disclosed that the idea behind the formulation of this policy is to bring to the table different and innovative approaches in realizing President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision for the country.

“The reason we gathered here today is to present a draft National Digital Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy which has the primary objective of digital transformation of our economy with the potential of boosting economic growth and economic diversification. This is a task that requires all hands to be on deck,” said the DG, who was represented by Dr Usman Abdullahi, Director of Information technology and infrastructure solutions in NITDA.

He explained that for the digital transformation to become a reality, Nigeria must pay attention to harnessing the quality and relevance of its population, while it continues to maintain the 60:40 ratio of STEM students in universities to other disciplines.

He noted that more attention should be paid to the curricular that are being used to teach and how relevant they to the digital economy