Dr. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy on Monday highlighted key factors required to bridge the digital divide in Nigeria, while saying the Federal Government is committed to integrate ICTs into the socio-economic development in order to transform the country to a knowledge-based economy.
Pantami stated this at the opening of the 7th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy in Gombe, where he opined that connectivity, capacity building and inter-agency collaboration were the key factors that would bridge the digital divide and enhance technology development across the nation.
“We can only address these new challenges by ensuring that we actively engage with stakeholders.
“The society has realised the gains of ICT and we are committed to utilising these possibilities.
“New policy interventions will be required that address global challenges in areas such as digital economy and local challenges of societal cohesion,” he said.
Pantami, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Musa Istifanus, said new technology capabilities offer new ways to make it achievable.
He, therefore, called on the participants to take advantage of the meeting and come up with solutions to address challenges of the present day realities.
In her remarks, Dr Aishatu Maigari, Commissioner Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations, Gombe state, thanked the minister for choosing Gombe for this year’s meeting.
She gave assurance of the readiness of the state government to take advantage of ICT for the development of the state.
Mr Gideon Biya, Director ICT, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations, in the state commended Federal Government for organising the meeting annually.
He said as the results of such meetings held in Bayelsa, Gombe had the privilege of having the ICT directorate in 2016.
Biya noted that the meeting came at a time when ICT was witnessing unprecedented attention by the state government.