The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi has urged technology enthusiasts in Nigeria to develop technology and innovative ideas that will drive the Nigerian economy in the Post Covid-19 era.
Inuwa made this call as a Panelist during the Africa Tech Leaders Webinar Series organised by Digital Jewels with the theme: ‘COVID-19 Pandemic: The Africa Leaders’ Outlook’, on Tuesday.
He said with all that has happened during Coronavirus scourge, African Countries can still key into technology and digitise its processes as this will boost the continent’s economy after the Pandemic.
“Nigeria, through policies and regulations, has already laid a foundation on which digital services can help revive economies that were ravaged by COVID-19 globally. All that is remaining is for our technology experts to come up with innovative ideas that will also help us to address the changes,” he said.
Inuwa revealed that NITDA, since the outbreak, has come up with different programmes to cushion the effect of COVID-19, especially in Nigeria. He said, the scourge has completely shattered so many planned events and activities across the globe, but that should not be a yardstick for innovators not coming up with new ideas that will help in reviving Nigeria’s economy.
“For me, the promising silver lining in this pandemic is accelerating technology trends and shaping the future of the digital economy and digital transformation in general,” the DG added.