NITDA Director General Kashifu Inuwa said this on Tuesday, during the university’s first Information Technology, Research and Innovation week in Abuja
Mr. Inuwa stated that his agency was putting a lot of effort and resources to ensure that the majority of college and university graduates focused on creating jobs rather than looking for jobs.
Represented by Yau Garba, the National Director of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, NCAIR, Mr. Inuwa focused on the theme “Challenges and Opportunities of Startups.”
He said the agency, through the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, NDEPS, was working with startups as key contributors to the development of an entrepreneurial economy.
“NITDA partners with companies that have a global impact to solve challenges and create opportunities for entrepreneurs.
“While the focus is not about making a profit, companies like Risk Capitalists and Angel Investors promote businesses that create a substantial amount of jobs.
“We have companies like Uber, Jumia, and Nigerian unicorns like Flutterwave and Paystack need to replicate as much as possible to ensure a digital economy.
“We have a project called Hives and the idea is to build centers within universities to support the learning and development of research by students and professors,” he said.
He added that the agency also had the NCAIR, whose central mandate was to conduct Research and Development in emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence AI, Drones, Block Chain, Internet of things IoT, among others.
Mr. Inuwa further said that the Center focused on capacity building and partnerships with relevant agencies and universities in areas of national interest.
According to him, NITDA has the support of some international organizations such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency in new models of incubation and acceleration programs.
He charged the students with hoping to be a force in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, adding that Nigeria must not be left behind.
“This is why we look forward to collaborating with Baze University in finding people who are willing to take risks and scale their ideas to create jobs and create innovations that make the world a better place,” he said.
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