Building on the fact that Nigeria has a youthful population with an average age of 18 years whom are digital natives and addicted to ICT, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has challenged the youths to channel their enthusiasm towards critical thinking that will result in disruptive innovative ideas that can move the country forward.
The progressive thinking Minister gave this advice while delivering a lecture as a special guest speaker titled “ICT as a catalyst for Nigeria economic development in the 21st century”, during the 7th Convocation Ceremony of Nile University held in Abuja, Nigeria, recently.
The Honourable Minister stated that Nigerian youths are naturally talented with crazy ideas that can transform the country into a regional and global ICT powerhouse, highlighting that the world is on the brink of a technological revolution known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), which will completely alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another.
The Minister further emphasized that the ministry under his watch will create an enabling environment for the creation of digital jobs across all the geopolitical zones in the country, “we want to help a large number of Nigerians to acquire digital skills to the point that we become a potential destination for digital jobs from across the globe”, he said.
Dr Pantami revealed that plans are underway to embark on a large scale intensive ICT digital literacy programme, which is targeted at preparing Nigerian youths to take advantage of digital opportunities, underlining that the programme is a deliberate effort to make Nigeria a regional hub of software engineers and a global outsourcing destination.
Pantami concluded by calling on the graduating students to possess self-determination and fighting spirit, willingness to start from somewhere, chases their passion vigorously and also challenge their successes.
He said “be passionate about your career, be very hardworking and ensure that you always raise the bar of your level of integrity”, adding that, this way you will position yourself for notable success.