In an effort to strategically implement the federal government digital economy initiative, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi, is seeking the partnership of Nigeria’s leading e-Commerce companies.

The NITDA boss solicits for the partnership when the Chairperson of Jumia Group, Ms. Juliet Anammah paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja today.

According to Abdullahi, it is time for the e-Commerce companies in Nigeria to come together and form a strong and viable entity that can work with the government so as to achieve the dream of digitalising  Nigeria’s business activities.

He said that there is highly growing number of Nigerians who do online businesses, especially Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs), through numerous platforms, where potential buyers are connecting with sellers.

“Many Nigerians engaged in e-commerce via Small and Medium Enterprise SME to sell their goods and services and that has tremendously increased the Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” he said.

He disclosed that the Federal Government is doing everything possible to provide adequate policies for “Ease of Doing Business” for private sectors and continue building capacity on digital literacy for consumers and online users.

As part of the Agency’s strategic mandate to improve the use of digital tools in the country, Mr. Inuwa stated that NITDA has launched ‘Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture’ (NAVSA), a digital platform that brings farmers together giving them room to market their farm produce on a digital space, and also connect them with potential investors.

He added that NITDA, on its part, is building Digital Academy across the country to ensure that Nigerians acquire prerequisite computer knowledge so that using devices will not be difficult for them. According to the DG, this cannot be achieved without necessary cooperation from the private sector. “Despite being IT regulators, NITDA also needs cooperation from private sectors that are into online business. Our door is always open. We run a collaborative government. We are working to make the environment conducive for private organisations to create jobs.”

“It is very important for the e-Commerce Companies to come up with strong, collective and concrete organisation that we can work together to make the industry better for everyone, particularly on job creation,” the DG added.

In her remarks, the Chairperson Jumia Nigeria, Mrs. Juliet Anammah said that Nigeria through Gross Merchandise valued at 838 million euros, has over 25% earnings, which makes the country the biggest market in Africa in e-commerce.

Ms. Anammah stressed that e-commerce in Nigeria has, in the last few years created a thousand jobs to unemployed youths, and become a multiplying factor for SME in the country. She said despite current challenges faced by the e-Commerce industry, Nigeria is still doing much better online businesses.

“There are some challenges especially poor roads connection, rails, digital infrastructures, digital identity and lack of digital literacy, but Nigeria still has the potentials to do better if there is a strong cross-collaboration between the government and the private sectors,” she concluded.


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