Domestication of ICT innovations a priority for FG — Minister

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– Mrs Omobola Johnson, Minister of Information and Communications Technology, said Tuesday domestication of innovations in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) remained a priority for .

Johnson said this during an interactive session with newsmen training of 1,000 girls in ICT in .

She said at moment, policies of government were more focused ICT innovations and promotion for the development of new .

“One of the biggest priorities we have is actually innovation and we are looking at innovation, specifically in the field of software development and what we’ve done is to catalyse innovation.

“We’ve actually established incubation centres where we are actually incubating a number of young ICT . Right now, there are about 70 start-ups in the innovation centres in Yaba and Tinapa.

“Innovations have always been there, but what we are trying to do is to bring it to the surface and these innovations more than innovations, creating out of the ideas and software applications that are being developed.

“There is a definitely – it is an ICT about how we are going to encourage and support youth with innovation.
“We are focused, at this particular time, on the software industry, but there is also a lot to do where there is a hardware quality service.“

Speaking on girl-child initiatives, the minister said that focusing on developing the software industry part of efforts being made to the girl-child and to improve the employability of the educated in the ICT sector.

“What we are trying to do is to create programmes in own particular sectors that encourage the employment and the inclusion of in development.

“France is important because when you look at all the statistics, there’s a big gender divide in the world of ICT.

“And when you look at how ICT is beginning to take over the way that they live, the way that they work and do everything, it means that left behind if we don’t encourage them to understand ICT and even be professionals in the field of ICT.“ (NAN)[eap_ad_3]