The World Bank through its subsidiary, Growth and Employment in States (GEMS) and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), would soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the area of the development of ICT skills among Nigerians.
The MoU is to include the rights and obligations of the parties for the purpose of implementing GEMS Programme that would cover areas such as Software testing, Professional Certification Programmes, Software Apps, e-Commerce Mobile Apps, Business Process Outsourcing, among others.
In a meeting held in NITDA headquarters, Abuja, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, Acting Director General of the Agency, informed the World Bank team that the present administration has the political will to drive the successful implementation of the programme.
Olatunji said, “Political will of this administration is working for us in the ICT sector in the country because the government is looking for means of diversifying the economy and ICT sector has been identified as one of the areas that we can tap into.
“There is assurance from the government on this. The minister with supervision from the office of the Vice president is committed to ensuring that ICT drives the country’s economy.”
He said that now the government is more focused to reposition ICT as the next cash cow of the country which informed her decision to establish of 12 innovation hubs across the six geo-political zones.
The Acting Director General informed the World Bank delegation that the innovation hubs were established specifically to come up with ICT solutions that are peculiar to the challenges and needs of each zone.