Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami
Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami

The federal government says it has commenced the training of 6,624 Nigerians on digital skills under its Digital States Initiative.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), disclosed this while delivering a keynote address at a webinar to commemorate International Literacy Day. Pantami expressed optimism that the training would help promote a digitally literate citizenry and facilitate a stable digital economy.

“Digital literacy on the other hand refers to those things we need to read, learn and work in a society where communication and access to information is predominantly through digital technologies and innovations like the internet platforms, social media and mobile devices”, he said.

The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Engr Bitrus Bako Nabasu, noted that the programme was to invest in human capital development in preparation for the impact of the digitisation of Nigeria.

The Director General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, stressed the need for every Nigerian to have the basic skills to use digital tools and benefit from the services they offer.

The 11 states where the training is taking place are: Katsina, Ekiti, Oyo, Kaduna, Borno, Bauchi, Imo, Bayelsa, Niger, Nasarawa and Abia.