FG launches digital Nigeria portal, mobile app- Pantami




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By Jessica Dogo

  - Federal Government has launched a Digital Nigeria Portal and Application in furtherance of Digital Nigeria Programme, which was kick started by Buhari, on March 19, 2020.
Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and (FMCDE), performed the virtual launch of the application on Monday in .
Pantami said it was part of government’s key initiatives aimed at empowering innovators and entrepreneurs with the requisite skills to thrive in an emerging .
He explained that the Digital Nigeria programme was a key component of the Digital Literacy and Skills Pillar of the National Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria which was being championed by himself.
Pantami said the ministry was partnering with global institutions including the African Development Bank (AFDB) and Microsoft to enable acquire cutting edge digital skills within the comfort of their homes.
The Minister, however, reiterated government’s resolve to promote skills over paper qualifications.
“We are championing a paradigm shift that lays emphasis on skills, in preference to merely having degrees without skills.
“Degrees are only meant to validate skills, this is a growing trend across the globe.
“The digital literacy and skills pillar recognises the fact that citizens are the greatest assets in any economy, including the digital economy.
“It will support the development of a large pool of digitally literate and digitally skilled citizens.The “Digital Nigeria” app is available on playstore and apple store, enabling to enrol in ICT courses within the comfort of their homes,” he said.
Pantami said that much of the content was provided through AfDB’s partnership with Microsoft, adding that students can download certificates after completing the courses.
According to him, across the globe, there is a growing focus on the need for developing skills, rather than merely acquiring degrees.
“To this end, are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity by enroling today at https://digitalnigeria.gov.ng; or https://academy.nitda.gov.ng/ accordingly.
“The portals will give details on how to register and how to download the relevant Mobile Apps.
“The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is committed to developing the capacity of Nigerians to use technology to solve problems.
“We will keep updating the course offerings to reflect global trends. The Digital Nigeria Programme will provide a to empower Nigerians to develop relevant skills and build innovative solutions to address challenges within,” Pantami said.
Some of those present at the launch included Prof. Umar Danbatta, Vice Chairman of the (NCC), and Prof. Mohammed Abubakar, Director of the Galaxy Backbone (GBB).

(NAN)