The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a new information communication technology (ICT) package, tagged ICT Roadmap 2017 to 2020 with the intention of creating 2.5 million jobs and a specialised ICT University by 2020.
The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, described the new ICT roadmap as a framework for the development of ICT in Nigeria which he said would involve the creation of a specialised environment for ICT activities and development.
He also said the package would enable the dynamic Nigerian youths to maximally harness their ICT skills, pointing out that when fully implemented, young Nigerian graduates would not need to travel to India, South Korea and other technologically advanced countries to acquire ICT skills.
Shittu, who described the ICT roadmap as a component of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP 2017 to 2020) recently launched by the federal government, said when implemented, the package would increase Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 20 per cent by 2020.
He also said the roadmap would foster the development of adequate manpower for the exploitation of the ICT industry and consequently enhance effective service delivery through its e-government and e-commerce components.
The minister also said the ICT roadmap would enhance broadband penetration in all parts of the country to the tune of 30 per cent and not only guarantee job creation but also ensure the digitisation of Nigeria.
“Well, we thank God that at last the ICT roadmap 2017 to 2020 has been approved for implementation by the government. This roadmap essentially, is a framework for development of ICT in Nigeria generally. It is also one of the pillars of Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and the aim among others, is to ensure the creation through ICT of 2.5 million jobs between now and 2020.
“Again, we believe that the content of this ICT roadmap will assist in harnessing the innate skills and opportunities available. We know that our youths are very intelligent, dynamic and they will utilise the implementation of the ICT roadmap to ensure that more jobs are created and to really get Nigeria digitalised.
“When properly implemented, will also contribute to growing the Nigerian economy such that even with the government revenue, it could increase the GDP to about 20 per cent by 2020. As of this year, the contribution of ICT to Nigeria GDP is a little above 10 per cent”.