The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is working closely with the Ministry of Trade and Investment to make over 17 million IT jobs available before the end of this year.
Peter Jack, Director-General of NITDA, said that information available to him shows that over 17 million Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) exist in Nigeria.
While rolling out his agenda as new chief of the government agency saddled with the responsibility for facilitating IT development in Nigeria, Jack said that NITDA plan is to inject one IT person into each SME existing in Nigeria.
“At NITDA, we are working to discover talents and create jobs, especially for our youths. Working with the Trade and Investment Ministry, we have discovered that 17 million SMEs exist in Nigeria. What about one IT person for each of these SMEs? Won’t that translate to 17 million jobs?”, Jack said at a forum organised by the Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) to host him in Lagos.
He said the Nigerian government was aware of the imminent explosion in the software and application market and was making efforts specifically in policy formulation and implementation to give much-needed push to the industry.
One of such efforts is the campaign to patronise local software by NITDA and establishment of innovation hubs across the country.