The effort to achieve 70 per cent digital literacy by 2027 is gaining more momentum as the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has keyed into the DigitalForAllChallenge 2.0, an initiative by Tech4Dev and unravelled plans by the Agency to use the vehicle to create ‘Tech Clubs’ across the country.
Delivering a Keynote Address at the launch of the skilling competition initiative, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director-General, NITDA, explained that DigitalForAll Initiative is a visionary programme poised to shape the future of our nation and we also intend to use our Digital Nigeria platform for the final competition of the programme.
“Our collective mission is clear as we launch this programme as a complimentary effort toward achieving a 70 per cent digital literacy rate for Nigerians by 2027,” he said.
The DG seized the opportunity to elaborately explain the eight Pillars in the redrafted Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP 2.0) of the Agency which he enumerated to include: fostering digital Literacy and cultivating talents, Building a Robust Technology Research Ecosystem, Strengthen Policy Implementation and Legal framework, Promote Inclusive Access to Digital Infrastructure and Services, Strengthen Cybersecurity and Enhance Digital Trust, Nurture an Innovative and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Forge Strategic Partnerships and Collaboration and Cultivate a Vibrant Organisational Culture and an Agile Workforce in NITDA are critical cornerstones that seek to address the strategic challenges identified in realising the Agency’s mandates, mission, and values.
Inuwa while noting that the document will be unveiled in the first quarter of 2024, describes the competition as a well-thought-out programme and a commitment to empower every Nigerian with the knowledge and proficiency needed to navigate and excel in the digital landscape.
“As we embark on this journey, let us remember that digital literacy is not just about skilling people; it is about empowering them to unleash their full potential.” “It is about providing growth opportunities, fostering innovation, and ensuring that no one is left behind in the rapidly evolving digital world; that is what this programme is poised to achieve.”
According to the DG, “Our Key Objectives of the DigitalForAll Initiative hinge on Inclusive Digital Literacy, Accessible Learning Platforms, Public-Private Partnerships, Measurable Impact, and Awards.”
“For us to succeed, collaboration with government agencies, educational institutions, industry leaders, and communities cannot be overemphasized.”.
“Together, we will create a ripple effect of change that transcends barriers, bringing digital literacy to the forefront of our national development,” the Director-General assured.
While extending gratitude to all the partners, sponsors, and individuals who have joined hands to make the “DigitalForAll Initiative” a reality, Inuwa urged all parties to embark on the challenging journey with enthusiasm, determination, and a shared vision of a digitally inclusive Nigeria.