Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan says his administration created the Ministry of Communication Technology (CommTech) as a ‘special ministry’ to ensure that Nigerian youth tap into the global ICT revolution.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]“To ensure that the Nigerian youth benefit massively in the ICT revolution, we created a special Ministry of Communication Technology,” Jonathan says.[/quote]Jonathan disclosed this at the Oxford Union of the prestigious Oxford University in a speech he delivered on his Transformation Agenda underscoring that the CommTech Ministry was created to allow Nigerian youth to be self-employed and exploit opportunities in ICT.
Created in 2011, the Nigerian CommTech Ministry has a mandate to create and formulate policies that will propel the Nigerian economy to a digitalized economy. The CommTech Ministry has been scrapped by current President Muhammadu Buhari and renamed Ministry of Communications.
“As a leader, you can decide through your policies to educate the youths, or face the consequences of failing to do so. The Transformation Agenda was conceived to engage the latent potential in the entire nation, and to stimulate and enable higher productivity,” the former Nigerian President told attendees at the event.
“To ensure that the Nigerian youth benefit massively in the ICT revolution, we created a special Ministry of Communication Technology,” Jonathan says.
The former President also mentioned the setting up of ICT incubation centers in Lagos and Calabar as well as improvement of broadband penetration as landmark achievements of the CommTech Ministry of his administration.
The National Broadband Plan was formulated by Dr Omobola Johnson, former Minister of Communication Technology as a broad roadmap for ubiquitous broadband access across Nigeria.
According to Jonathan, “we wanted the Nigerian Youth to be self-employed and exploit the advantages of ICT. The Ministry, among other things, improved broadband penetration, set up ICT incubation centres in Lagos and Calabar.”
Jonathan says that one of those ICT incubation centres set up under on his watch is the Co-Creation Hub (CCHub) Yaba, Lagos, which was the first stop for Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg in his recent visit to Africa.
And according to the former President, “The efforts of the Young software engineers at the Lagos Co-Creation Hub (CC Hub) became so successful that it did not only give birth to many thriving start-ups, but their activities also attracted the attention of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg who chose it as his first stop during his first ever visit to Africa.”
Jonathan’s speech at the Oxford Union means he has joined a long list of high-ranking personalities to have given a speech in the 109 –year old Union.
The list include former British Prime Ministers Winston Churchill, Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and John Major; Mother Teresa; former US presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton; Sheikh Hasina, Bangladeshi prime minister; and the late king of pop Michael Jackson.