By Emmanuel Elebeke
The Director General, National Information Technology Technology Development Agency, NITDA and the Kaduna state government have begun a process of training 75,000 people from the state in various aspect of Information Technology in order to enhance the human capital development in the state.
This followed the courtesy visit by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) who paid a courtesy visit to the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasiru Elrufai last Saturday in the company of the Director General of NITDA.
In a meeting today with the officials of the state government led by the Commissioner for Business Innovation and Technology, Mr. Idris Nyam and Mr Gerald Ilukwe, the NITDA Director General, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, observed that the training could be held in two folds in order to accommodate the targeted number.
He suggested that the e-Government Training facility donated to Nigeria by the Korea government could be used to train some people, while others could be train through the NITDA Academy.
He added that the Agency would provide the logistics needed for the training.
“Building the capacity of our people should be seen as a requirement for us to enhance our drive towards digital economy. I think is what we can explore. We will want you to identify specialized skills you want to build and we would provide you with logistics.
“From our end, we are ready. If you send your request, we will engage our consultancy to see what we can do in line with our mandates.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner said there was need for Federal Agencies to partner with the State Governments especially in the provision of intervention projects.
He added that there is political will in Kaduna state to build the ICT ecosystem, noting that the state feels that if such partnership is successful, it becomes a win-win situation for both the State and the Agency.
He identified the sectors such as education, health and e-government, social service development and human capital development as sectors they would want the Agency to intervene as area they want agency intervention.