Monday, May 26, 2008

UNECA shows interest in I4J initiative

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has shown interest in partnering with a Nigerian-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) promoting Internet in the country since 1995, the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) on its Internet for Jobs (I4J) initiative.

President, NIG, Mr. Lanre Ajayi disclosed this at the weekend in Lagos during a one-day seminar on I4J held on the theme “Internet for Jobs: Creating Jobs by promoting eCommerce.”

He said NIG was excited to note the tremendous interest shown by the UNECA in the I4J initiative.

“We’re hopeful that they will soon become a promoter of I4J, as a representative of the international community in the multi-sectoral partnership constituted to promote the initiative,” he said.

Already, he said, advertisement for the project submission by individuals and corporate organisations in the country under the I4J, have been placed and the outcome showed that Nigerians posses enormous potentials that are waiting to be tapped.

“We are about to be proven right in our belief that given the right environment and the right encouragement Nigerians can excel even in electronic business (e-business) and e-government,” he said.

NIG, he said, is confident that I4J initiative would kick start a dotcom boom in the country, where many online businesses are expected to spring up and create wealth for the people.

“We are also confident that some of the projects that will benefit from the I4J initiative shall grow to become multinational companies in the mood of Yahoo, Amazon, Google and so on,” he said.

According to him, the success recorded so far would not have been possible without the personal and organisational commitment of the likes of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) led by Dr. Ernest Ndukwe and Director Mrs. Mary Uduma, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) under Prof. Cleopas Angaye and members of the execo as well as committee chairmen.

He recalled that on July 12 last year, the initiative was launched by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Dr. Ndukwe, adding that the core strategies of I4J in promoting the Internet as platform for creating jobs, aside from giving grants, is to organise seminars to create awareness about the potentials of the Internet for jobs creation.

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