ICT, key to Nigeria's 100 million new jobs - says minister
Nigeria looks set to explore the huge potentials of the ICT to meet the target of President Muhammadu Buhari to create 100million jobs before the completion of his second term in office.
This was disclosed in Abuja on Thursday by the country’s Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami when he appeared for the 2020 Budget Defense session before the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Communications, ICT and Cyber Crimes as well as Telecommunications.
Issues in the public domain in recent days have centred on telecommunications and the ICT.
Notable of these is the proposed deductions by a major telecommunications company for use of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data otherwise known as USSD for financial transactions.
On this, the Minister said the planned deductions have been cancelled outright, and there is an ongoing investigation into acts of breach in some instances.
On unregistered and pre-registered SIM cards being used by criminal elements, the Minister told the Senate Committee that all of those have been deactivated.
The Senator Oluremi Tinubu-led Committee commended the Communication Ministry for doing a lot towards positioning the country among the league of nations making significant advancement in the area of Information technology and telecommunications.