Mr Kashifu Inuwa, Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has called for support of tertiary institutions on continuous support toward developing the ICT sector.
Inuwa made the call on Wednesday in Abuja when a delegation led by Prof. Aliyu Musa, the Acting Vice Chancellor, of Yusuf Maitama Sule, North-West University, Kano, paid him a courtesy visit.
Inuwa, while addressing the delegation, said that universities were critical stakeholders toward achieving digital economy.
According to him, universities produce the human capital and greatest resources needed in achieving a developed country in terms of technology, innovations and entrepreneurship.
“There is need for close collaboration between higher institutions, industry and government to enable a smooth flow of information on what is required, as well as training students accordingly.
“The Federal Government through NITDA drives knowledge-based economy and we need your support to develop the sector.
“The higher institutions are the primary places for anybody coming to the work place as they have to pass through you to get all the knowledge to be in the work place,” he said.
He noted that the collaboration between the industry and institutions was highly needed, especially in the COVID-19 pandemic era, which prompted many nations to build capacity internally.
Inuwa said that the agency was committed to supporting institutions in ensuring that the best ideas and innovations at the tertiary level were promoted to address national issues.
Earlier, Musa stated that the institution needed intervention to optimise its virtual learning platforms, develop IT infrastructure and improve on its ICT education.
The Acting vice chancellor, however, pledged that his institution would continue to make efforts to ensure a digital nation and digitally-transformed economy.