The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, says the Agency has identified universities as key stakeholders in achieving digital economy.
He made the remark while receiving a delegation from Yusuf Maitama Sule, North-West University, Kano, led by the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Aliyu Musa.
The delegation was on a courtesy visit to the Agency’s Corporate Headquarters to seek for the Agency’s intervention in area of IT deployment and training.
Mallam Abdullahi stated that the greatest resources needed in achieving a developed country in terms of technology, innovations and entrepreneurship is human capital and University produces those human capitals.
He emphasized the need for a close collaboration between higher Institutions, industry and government to enable a smooth flow of information on what is required, so that the students can been trained accordingly.
The NITDA boss asserted that “we drive knowledge based economy and we need your support to develop the sector, pointing out that the higher institutions are the primary place for anybody coming to the work place as they have to pass through you to get all the knowledge to be in the work place.”
He noted thatvstrong partnership between the industry and the university became more critical as it is today because of the Covid-19 pandemic and regretted that Nigeria relied on some many things from other countries but the pandemic has made the country realize that to build its capacity internally.
Earlier, Professor Aliyu noted that the university was at the Agency to seek collaboration and interventions in terms of virtual learning, IT infrastructure and training with the objective of developing ICT education through the University.