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Japan, Nigeria to partner in ICT

A cross section of participants at the ONDI North East Start-up Training, NEST. Photo: Twitter

The Japanese Government says it will stimulate its indigenous innovative ICT companies to partner with small and medium businesses and innovators in Nigeria to solve socioeconomic challenges.

Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi stated this while addressing the opening of a Workshop for 20 Selected ICT Companies from the North East Region tagged “North East Start-Up Training, NEST”.

Mr Kazuyoshi in a virtual address said Japan, known worldwide for innovative ideas was interested in partnering with Nigeria is enhancing its potentials of being the technology and ICT hub in Africa.

The Ambassador said internet access in the North East was rapidly rising and the trend will extensively boost the ICT innovative sector in the region.

Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Abdullahi represented by the National Co-ordinator of the Office of the National Digital Information Centre (ONDI) Yakubu Musa said the workshop is meant to boost market driven digital enterprises while making Nigeria a viable market for the global ICT sector.

Mr Abdullahi said the enactment of the Nigeria Start-Up Act is meant to foster digital technology in the country.

Over 8,500 small and medium ICT companies applied for the workshop with only 20 selected.

Reporting by Olayemi Daniyan; Editing by Muzha Kucha