NITDA opens free virtual learning academy to foster digital skills acquisition

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has launched a Free Virtual Learning Academy, as part of efforts to leverage on ICT for enhanced digital economy and reducing the impact of Covid-19.

Launching the academy in a virtual event Wednesday, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Dr Ibrahim Isa Ali (Pantami) said the idea was to allow Nigerians in all sectors especially civil servants to access digital education and skills.

While pointing out that the academy has already received about 12, 000 number of enrolment within two weeks, Pantami said the idea would also bridge the gap between various disadvantaged groups such as women, girls, the physically challenged and less privileged in the society.

He said the innovation was one of the pillars of enhancing the digital economy sector to further reposition the country and place it on the path to effective ICT development.

The minister said with the recent outbreak of Covid-19, ICT skills and training has become a necessity as many services including governance would be done online.

In his address, director general  National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Kashifu Abdullahi Inuwa said the idea would enhance efficiency and transparency in governance.

According to him, the academy was conceptualised to mitigate against the effects of the lockdown occasioned by Covid-19 pandemic.

The country manager of CISCO, Mr Olakunle Olatimeyi in his goodwill message said the academy is an important journey for Nigeria not just during the Covid-19 pandemic but for the future.

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