Communications Minister Tijani, NITDA DG Abdullahi, others declare Digital Nigeria Conference open in Abuja




The Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani, the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi and other dignitaries have declared the 2023 Digital Nigeria International Conference in Abuja open.

In his remark at the two-day event scheduled for 24th-26th October, Dr Tijani disclosed that Nigeria has become Africa’s top destination for technology startups.

He lauded the efforts put underground by trailblazers such as NITDA, Galaxy Backbone and other innovative companies in the country that have set the baseline for technology development.

According to him, of the $5 million invested in tech startups in Africa, 20 per cent is domiciled in Nigeria.

“Today, Nigeria is the top destination for technology startup capital in Africa, with about 5 million dollars invested in tech startups in the continent last year; we took 20 per cent of that total investment just to Nigeria. So, we recognize the amazing work that has been done”, he said.

On his part, the Director General of NITDA, Abdullahi, said this conference is key to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s renewed Hope Agenda of inclusive economic growth, productivity and prosperity for all.

“Today’s symbolizes our collective aspiration to position Nigeria at the forefront of digital innovation.

“Firstly, we live in an exciting time of technological advancement.
“Secondly, at the core of the renewed hope agenda are inclusive economic growth, productivity and prosperity for all. And to achieve digital is the best tool for us.

“The vision is to use digital technologies to foster job creation”, he stated.

He added that the conference will facilitate networking, activation of conversation that can lead to innovation, policy direction/regulation(Which can provide a bedrock for us to survive as a Nation), and a more robust ecosystem, bringing about global visibility.

The conference had a massive turnout of youths across Nigeria, Africa and worldwide.