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NITDA, World Bank's GEMS enter pact on ICT capacity building

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and a World Bank subsidiary, Growth and Employment in States (GEMS) met at the weekend culminating in signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the building of capacity on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills of Nigerians, reports ITRealms.

Head, Corporate Affairs, NITDA, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, disclosing this to ITRealms that the ‘draft’ MoU will include the rights and obligations of the parties for the purpose of implementing GEMS Programme that will cover areas such as Software testing, Professional Certification Programmes, Software Apps, e-Commerce mobile Apps, Business Process Outsourcing among others.

She also said that at the end of a meeting session at NITDA headquarter, Abuja, the Acting Director General of the Agency, Dr. Vincent Olatunji informed the World Bank team that the present administration has the political will to drive the successful implementation of the programme to fruition.

Olatunji was quoted as saying the political will of this administration is working for us in the ICT sector in the country because the government is looking for means of diversifying the economy and ICT sector has been identified as one of the area that could tap into.

“There is assurance from the government on this. The minister with supervision from the office of the Vice president is committed to ensure that ICT drives the country's economy,” Dr. Olatunji assured.

He also said that now the government is more focused to reposition ICT as the next cash cow of the country which informed her decision to establish of 12 innovation hubs across the six geo political zones.

Leader of World Bank delegation, Mr. Andrew Gartside said that the programmes are dynamic in nurturing of ICT especially the Software sub sector, stressing both parties will ensure the sustainability of these programmes, which will eventually add value to NITDA.

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Pix: Ag. DG of NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji and Mr. Andrew Gartside of World Bank's GEMS.

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