The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye, has commended the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, for boosting Nigeria’s Digital Economy.
The monarch made the commendation when he received the Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, on Thursday in Abuja.
Mr Adeyeye expressed his satisfaction on the approach NITDA in engaging Nigerians on Information Technology initiatives.
He said: “I have been following the activities of NITDA over the years and all I can say is I am very happy and satisfied with all that you are doing.
“I must also commend the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, who under his watch the Ministry and also the agencies he supervises are doing wonderfully to move this country forward especially in regard to the digital economy,” he added.
The monarch appealed to NITDA to do more in the areas of youth development, saying that Nigerian youths are the “backbone of the country’s growth”.
“As someone who is passionate about youth development, I will love to see NITDA doing more in regard to youth empowerment.
“There is a need for the agency to expand its initiatives across other regions, especially the North so that the youth can catch up with their counterparts in other regions of the country,” the monarch said.
In his remarks, Mr Inuwa thanked the Yoruba monarch for his words of encouragement, assuring him of the agency’s commitment to providing Nigerians with basic digital skills through capacity building training.
Mr Inuwa explained that the Digital Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Promotion of Indigenous Contents were some of the agency’s strategic pillars that involve the youth.
According to him, the pillars are aimed at empowering the youth to come up with indigenous contents that could provide digital solutions to the nation.
The DG assured him that NITDA would continue to come up with developmental initiatives that will better the lives of Nigerians especially in the area of emerging technologies.