Japan partners with Nigerian innovators – Voice of Nigeria

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Na’ankwat Dariem


The Japanese government has said it will encourage its innovative indigenous information and communications technology (ICT) companies to partner with small and medium enterprises as well as Nigerian innovators to solve the socio-economic problems of the country.

Japan’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi, said in a speech delivered during the opening workshop for 20 selected ICT companies from the North East region of Nigeria.

The program is tagged; North East Startup Training, (NEST)

NEST is a project of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) of Nigeria, in collaboration with the Japan International Society Agency (JICA), where participants undergo two weeks of free intensive training in Abuja , the national capital.

Mr. Kazuyoshi, in a virtual address, said Japan, known worldwide for its innovative ideas, wants to partner with Nigeria and enhance its potential as a technology and ICT hub in Africa.

“There are many companies in Japan that have excellent technology and are eager to work with you to solve social problems in the northern states and across Nigeria..

Ambassador Kazuyoshi said internet access in the Northeast is growing rapidly and this trend will greatly boost the innovative ICT sector in the region.

“With the development of 5G, which will bring broadband in an accessible and installable satellite Internet service that will bring better access to the Internet, especially in rural areas, the start of this operation will be a game-changer to benefit more the Northeast Digital Transformation Community »

“Therefore, I believe that the latest technology will be the key to solving challenges and winning business, and then your future”, Mr. Kazuyoshi asserted

The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Abdullahi, said the workshop was aimed at boosting market-driven digital businesses while making Nigeria a viable market for the sector. ICT world.

Inuwa, represented by the national coordinator of the Office of the National Center for Digital Information (ONDI), Yakubu Musa, said that the government will work with all relevant stakeholders to create an environment conducive to the growth of innovations and startups.

According to the NITDA boss; “Which we will do by working with relevant stakeholders to create an enabling environment for young people, as we teach about 60% of our population to be constantly innovating and fulfill their dreams of turning their innovative ideas into successful businesses.

“Thus creating jobs and improving the quality of life for Nigerians, the recent enactment of the Nigerian Startups Act is a significant milestone that will strengthen the legal and institutional framework for the development and operation of startups in Nigeria, foster the development of related technologies businesses in the country and further cement the position of the Nigerian startup ecosystem as the leading digital hub in Africa.

Mr. Inuwa pointed out that the enactment of the Startups Act in Nigeria is aimed at fostering digital technology in the country, “We are shaping and winning our future. This is why we spare no effort to provide the necessary support for Nigerian innovation.

He commended JIACA for its continued support, saying it has proven to be a reliable partner and fully aligned with our goal of cementing Nigeria’s position as a leading entrepreneurial hub in Africa and an emerging global hub of digital talent.

One of the participants, Khalid Abdullahi Yero, founder of Dopals Technologies from Gombe State, said he uses his platform to help local people learn from undergraduate courses.

“The platform aims to help people learn skills in their own neighborhood rather than conventional education. As a college student; you will be able to register on the platform and post a course. And those courses will be taught to students in your neighborhood in the language of your choice.We facilitate the program and make it successful and we charge a commission based on the course.

“My goal here is to network and learn from the experts.” He added.

Another participant from Bauchi State and founder of Five Star ICT LTD, Muhammed Aliyu Sambo, said his online platform provides solutions to farmers’ needs.

“We provide a solution to the farmers in terms of information needed and we also provide them with services such as drones and the platform does not need internet connectivity. It is like USSD which works without internet.

“We provide them with information that will help them sell or export in partnership with our export partners.

“I hope to take this opportunity to network and make connections that can accelerate the growth of our business. We currently provide services to five thousand farmers and after this training, if we do it right; we hope to reach around 200,000 by the end of next year.

More than 8,500 small and medium ICT companies applied for the program, of which only 20 were selected with a focus on the northeastern states of the country.

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