Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa has declared Nigeria because the maximum feasible Information Technology (IT) funding vacation spot withinside the world.
Addressing an worldwide audience target market of tech giants, he stated the country ticks all of the containers in phrases of size, populace, youngsters demography, authorities support, and prison and regulatory framework.
At the 2023 Digital Life Design (DLD) convention in Munich, Germany, Kashifu expected that with the aid of using 2030, there might be a international scarcity of eighty five million IT professionals, advising the arena now no longer to miss Nigeria.
“The common age in Nigeria is 19; we’ve a demographic advantage. We becomes the worldwide IT skills factory”, the NITDA leader stressed.
“You can stay in Nigeria however paintings for Western companies, the start-united state supplying this are already there. India has been main and we want to do something positive about that.”
Kashifu expressed challenge that Africa is nearly neglected because “a few humans suppose not anything occurs there economically anyway”.
He gave an instance of Mo Ibrahim who based a cell telecell smartphone enterprise in Sudan however became recommended towards it for the reason that humans have been poor.
The IT professional recalled that when some years, the British-Sudanese entrepreneur offered Celtel, now lively in thirteen countries, for 3.4 billion dollars.
“Nigeria has 15% of the continent`s 1.4 billion populace and a large percent of its GDP. Of the seven African unicorns (start-ups) really well worth extra than 1 billion dollars, 5 are from Nigeria”, Kashifu stated.
The DG delivered that the Nigerian authorities backs tech corporations with funds, at the same time as running on law to modify the IT enterprise and protect investments.
Kashifu these days bagged the 2022 Foreign Investment Network (FIN)-Forbes Outstanding Corporate Governance CEO Award, African Information Technology Icon, ISACA Inspirational Leadership Award, and NADIR ICT Personality of the Year.
In 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari conferred the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award on NITDA in reputation of its productivity, tough paintings and excellence in provider delivery.