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Post-COVID-19: NITDA issues measures to retain 100,000 jobs, create 30,000 more

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NATIONAL Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has devised programmes at creating an enabling environment for the purpose of cushioning the effect of the pandemic and creating more jobs, the director-general of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa has said.

Inuwa said this during his speech at the ISN North Regional Gathering 2020; a virtual event organized by Innovation Support Network (ISN) in collaboration with Ford Foundation with the theme “Repositioning Hubs for Post pandemic success “.

He said that among these initiatives is the setting up of the Tech4Covid19 committee which has come up with a plan to ensure that it retains about 100,000 ICT Jobs, and create additional 30,000 in Post COVID-19 Era through this initiative.

“We swiftly initiated several policies and programmes for the technology ecosystem and Startups to be able to withstand the impact of the pandemic,” the DG said.

The agency has also rolled out these initiatives in order to ensure that technology continues to enable innovation and entrepreneurship while addressing the challenges of society.

The DG explained that the Nigeria COVID-19 Innovation Challenge is where Nigerians were challenged to come up with innovations; to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

The agency is following up the startups with highly innovative ideas that were selected for further incubation and mentorship, this action supports our indigenous and local content policy, thereby creating more jobs.

“Another initiative of the agency is the Startup Clinic which is a platform for gathering Startups, mostly young people to meet with mentors, successful entrepreneurs, investors, Industry specialist, business consultants and hub operators with the goal of solving problems and challenges they were facing. Hinting several startup clinics all over the country before and during the COVID pandemic. As emphasized that the NITDA is poised to continue building capacities”, he said.

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