The National Information Technology Development Agency has advocated for the adoption of digital technological skills in Nigeria. This according to the Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Dr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, is necessary for Nigeria to become key player in digital economy. He also described digital technology skills as a veritable platform the Nigerian educational sector could leverage on in order to be a key player in the global digital economy space.
He made the disclosure in Abuja at the ongoing EdTech summit and awards organized by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with AFRITEX to bring critical stakeholders together in order to share and harmonize ideas towards developing a National Educational Technology Plan for the country.
According to him, digital technology is changing the landscape and the many ways we do things, noting that the disruptive tendencies of digital technology is not only affecting the way we live but also the way we learn or acquire education. “There are applications that close the gap between what is learnt and what ought to be learnt. Digital technology is changing the way we learn. The pillars of the educational sector which are content delivery and teaching have now been disrupted.” he said. “It is time for you to reap from the potentials and benefits of digital technology by acquiring digital skills which are more rewardable than educational certificates.” he added.
Sharing his personal experience with the participants who were majorly students, Abdullahi explained that immediately he got his CCIE certification, he got 5 different job offers which he could not think of getting with his academic qualification adding that in less than a year he got his job, he recouped his investment on the certification. He said, “I will urge our students to embrace digital technology and acquire digital skills because it is the future of work. For most of you, your work does not exist now. They are in the future and will be driven by digital skills.”
“We have a millennial population which our investors need to leverage on and invest in digital technology. This is a competitive advantage if we want to make a country a force to reckon with in digital technology and skills”, he noted. He also advocated ways of teaching and learning so as to make EdTech become more popular.
Source- Tech Mirror Mag: https://techmirrormag.com.ng/index.php/news/nitda-dg-nigerian-educational