FG mulls over a framework to bridge the digital literacy gap
The Federal Government, through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has come up with a framework to ensure that every Nigerian is digitally savvy. According to the government, this will make Nigerians globally competitive and accelerate the economic growth of the country. NITDA, in the framework proposal, noted that Nigerians are on the brink of a technological revolution, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), “which will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and interact with each other. “. This revolution, he said, builds on the current digital or industrial revolution (3IR) unfolding in disruptive technologies and trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual Reality (VR ), artificial intelligence (AI), robotics. , self-driving vehicles, 3D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, quantum computing and more that will require more technical abilities than formally required professional practices .
“For Nigeria to improve its numerical advantage and build sustainable prosperity, it must prepare for the challenges of a dynamic 21st century working environment. Building a skilled digital workforce will accelerate Nigeria’s economic growth and development,” he said. The framework, according to the proposal, will involve the concerted efforts of several MDAs such as the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMCDE); Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Computer Professionals of Nigeria (CPN) Registration Council; Federal Ministry of Education (FME); National Universities Commission (NUC); Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), among others. It will also involve state governments, relevant MDAs, the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and regional governors forums. Explaining why a digital literacy framework is imperative for Nigeria, NITDA said, “As nations compete in today’s globalized world, economies that have invested in the human capital and digital skills of their citizens are best prepared to develop.
To level the playing field, Nigeria must bring its citizens to a greater competitive position in the global economic market. “Equipping Nigerians with relevant digital skills to follow global best practices will put workers, youth and other current professionals in ready mode for the opportunities that may open up within and beyond Nigeria’s shores.
“This will diversify the economy, significantly reduce unemployment and improve productivity and labor mobility. This, in turn, would improve investments and transform Nigeria into a country well known for technology, problem solving and critical thinking. NITDA added that the evolution of technology had also led to the stratification of countries according to how they adopted digital technologies, noting that the economic and social development of literate countries had exceeded that of countries that had not. not embraced digital literacy. “Unfortunately, Nigeria currently falls into the latter category. The goal of this initiative to create a national digital literacy framework, implementation strategy and measurement measures aims to reverse this narrative. The human capital skills gaps that are preventing Nigeria from thriving in the global digital economy would, once and for all, be overcome,” he said.