The Federal Government has said it is seeking ways to end the trend of Nigerians relocating abroad, noting that it intends to achieve this by ensuring gainful employment for citizens.
Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Henry Ikoh, made the statement while receiving the Secretary-General of the Digital Cooperation Organisation, Ms Deemah Yahya, in Abuja.
She paid the minister a courtesy visit in connection with the upcoming Digital Nigeria Day Conference.
According to Ikoh, FG intends to correct the trend through industrialisation and synergising with the DCO in the area of human capital development.
He said; “The synergy is what we require, capacity building is key and technology transfer is what Nigeria and Africa in particular needs at the moment so that the world can be a global village. We need to collaborate in all areas to ensure harmony.
”If we collaborate and synergise in the area of human capital development, it would guarantee industrialisation, when people are gainfully employed and moved out from poverty, then Africans and Nigerians would not be struggling to travel abroad because everything is here. We have all the raw materials; what we really require in terms of digitalisation is for us to cross fertilise ideas, train and retrain our people then things would be better.”
On her part, Yahya said the group was in Nigeria to understudy her digital ecosystem.
“We are very proud that Nigeria is a founding member of the Digital Corporation Organisation, which is a multilateral organisation that focuses on advancing the digital economy in member states. We represent 12 countries, from three continents, representing 600 million in population and $2 trillion in the GDP.
“We are very happy that Nigeria has been a founding member and we are here not only to reiterate our commitment to empowering digital economic transformation strategies of Nigeria but also to understand the ecosystem of Nigeria, being the players in terms of government, private sector, and civil society. It is also for us to understand how the DCO can help support the growth of Nigeria and hopefully be an enabler,” she said.