The Director General National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE, admonished Nigerian tech entrepreneurs to identify difficulties in the nation regarding technology. And proffer solutions as the government has provided a platform for them to achieve that.
Inuwa stated this on Day Three of the Digital Nigeria International Conference 2022, which was held in Abuja.
He stated that for Nigeria to fulfill its goals, the tech ecosystem needs every stakeholder to play its role. “To build a robust tech ecosystem, we need the government, the higher institutions. We need entrepreneurs, risk capitalists, and corporate organizations. Everybody has its role to play.”
He listed government initiatives, including the partnership between the Nigerian government and Microsoft to train 5 million Nigerians and the collaboration with COURSERA to train 24,000 and others. The aim was to position Nigeria to be the global talent factory
He said, ‘One of the digital prints we need in the ecosystem is the legal framework. Last week, the President signed the Nigeria Startup bill into law, so all this is to level the playing field for you.”
“For the entrepreneurs, now you have the playing field; it is left for you to take your ideas from invention to impact. In Nigeria and even Africa in general, we have a lot of problems awaiting solutions. And technology can serve as inspiration for you to solve these problems, so all you need is to explore how you can solve the problems and impact lives,” he said.
Innovative Ecosystem and Investors’ Perspective, Presented by Satesh Elwani, managing Director of Melson’s Group.
Day Three of the International Conference, tagged “Start-Up and Innovation Ecosystem Day,” witnessed various enthralling discussions with the lead speech on “Innovative Ecosystem and Investors’ Perspective,” which was presented by Satesh Elwani, the managing Director of Melson’s Group.
The panel sessions focused on: “Building a Thriving and Sustainable Start-up and Innovation Ecosystem for Nigeria’s Digital Economy;” “A tent Approach to Addressing the Talent Gap Issues;” “Exploring the Funding Opportunities for Nigerian Start-ups,” and “Unlocking Nigeria’s Innovation Potentials for Economic Growth and Prosperity.”