The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr Kashifu Inuwa, had solicited tertiary institutions on continuous support toward developing the ICT sector for a consolidated knowledge-based and digital economy.
The DG wooed while receiving a delegation on courtesy visit from Yusuf Maitama Sule, North-West University, Kano in Abuja.
Addressing the delegation Inuwa emphasised that universities were critical stakeholders toward achieving digital economy.
“The universities produce the human capital and greatest resources needed in achieving a developed country in terms of technology, innovations and entrepreneurship.
“There is a 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 place 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.
According to Inuwa, the agency was committed to supporting institutions in ensuring that the best ideas,innovations at the tertiary level were promoted to address national issues.