Pantami Set To Lay National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center Foundation

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami is set to perform the groundbreaking ceremony of the National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday 4th February, 2021 by 11am in Abuja.

It will be recalled that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the opening of a Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre in Abuja.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami said the centre would help to address the problem of unemployment among Nigerian youths.

He said, “The National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre is part of the efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria to produce many entrepreneurs, particularly looking at the challenge of unemployment and unemployable citizens.

“We came up with this plan to establish a digital innovation and entrepreneurship centre where millions of our citizens are going to be trained as entrepreneurs, particularly in ICT so that they will be future potential employers rather than being employees.

“This is in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S.A. It has a programme called Regional Entrepreneurship Accelerated Programme (REAP), where it supports a country or an institution to produce many entrepreneurs in the area of their choice.

“So, our focus, looking at our mandate in the ministry, is on the development of ICT and this centre will be managed by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), while the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy will provide the policy direction for the centre and supervise the implementation of the policy.

“It is going to be completed in three years.” Pantami said.