The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has officially launched Nigeria’s Virtual Academy Learning Platform (NITDA Academy) as part of the effort to enhance Digital Literacy and Skills Development during Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. The launching was done in Abuja on Wednesday in line with the blueprint of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a digital Nigeria launched and unveiled on 28th November 2019 by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari.
Dr Pantami, a strong advocate for skills development, upon assumption of office as the honourable Minister, rallied stakeholders in the ICT industry to come up with the NDEPS which was endorsed and unveiled by His Excellency, President Buhari.
It was on this backdrop that the NITDA virtual academy was conceptualized to serve as the foremost centre of excellence for research and development in emerging technologies and other related ICT fields of study. In his virtual keynote address via Microsoft Teams, the honourable Minister stated that the objective of the academy was to Encourage continuous learning, Enhance capacity development, Empower Nigerians with the required digital skills and Bridge the gap between the academia and industry.
He also reiterated the importance of digital skills to the social-economic development of Nigeria and further applauded Nigerian youths for embracing the IBM Digital Nigeria programme which was unlevied last month by the Ministry and can be accessed via “IBM Digital Nation Africa ” App on Google Play Store.