ICT industry 'could bring jobs to Nigeria'
29 July 2010
Around one million jobs could be created in Nigeria, partly thanks to the information communication technology (ICT) sector.
This is according to an article in Vanguard, which suggested technology is a "low-hanging fruit" for employment opportunities.
A workshop organised by the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, looked at how unemployment in Nigeria could be tackled, the publication reported.
The writer stated: "Speaker after speaker at the capacity building event noted that science, technology and innovation are key foundation[s] for industrialisation and wealth creation of any nation."
ICT, software and agricultural processing technologies are just some of the areas cited by the publication as containing job opportunities.
Minister of science and technology Professor Mohamed Kaoje Abubakar added local software products have the potential to create employment.
NOTAP was established under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and acts as a corporate body whose activities include the evaluation and registration of technology transfer agreements.