The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has called on young people to upscale their talent in emerging technologies for nation-building.
Mr. Kashifu Inuwa, the Director-General of the NITDA made the call during the 2022 Blockchain Developers’ Summit held at Baze University, Abuja.
Inuwa had inaugurated the Baze University Artificial Laboratory.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the NITDA was committed to creating, and stimulating the ecosystem for Blockchain technology, and ensuring that Nigerian innovators thrived.
“There are a lot of opportunities in Blockchain and it is critical in every business.
”Talent is the human component of technology and innovations with Blockchain and emerging technologies are about the new solutions one is bringing onboard.
“So, you need to ask yourself to know which solutions or offerings the industry requires,” Inuwa said.
NAN reports that the NITDA boss said that Nigerian youths need to leverage the growing digital sector to tackle the myriad of challenges facing the nation now, despite ethnic differences, because innovative ideas cannot be monopolized.
”Innovation is beyond invention, it needs to get to the point of commercialization and until you can pitch your idea for someone to pay for your solutions, the innovation would, sadly, only be just an idea.”
According to him, the government is building an ecosystem that will enable young ones to hatch their ideas from conception to realization.
He further added that the agency had developed the Blockchain adoption strategy to help stimulate the adoption of blockchain in the country.
This is in addition to a proposal to establish the Nigerian Blockchain Consortium, strengthen developmental regulation and law, and find focus areas.