Owing to the rate of unemployment in the country, the Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that it will establish a Digital Job Centre in Akwa Ibom. The information was revealed by the Director General, National Information Technology Agency (NITDA), Dr. Isa Pantami at the 9th edition of Startup event in Uyo.

According to him, the agency was ready and willing to support any youth who has ideas through ICT to proffer solutions to problems confronting the nation.

He said: “To encourage and boost the ICT ecosystem in Akwa-Ibom, NITDA is setting up a Digital Job Centre at the Government Secondary School, Afaha Eket, Eket LGA, Akwa – Ibom State. We are aware of the harsh conditions in securing white collar jobs in the country so it has become apparent for the government to focus more on building technology entrepreneurs. A developed indigenous ICT ecosystem will help the country to diversify its economy from oil. Like I have always said, data is the new oil. With the two local content related Presidential Orders, we need to focus on locally produced innovations for our local market. NITDA intends to encourage and support ICT entrepreneurship and promote it as an attractive career option for the theming youth.”

Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Science and Technology in Akwa Ibom, Prof Nse Essien, said that the state government has long embrace ICT in finding solutions to some issues facing the state.

Essien said Startup was a meeting place where all ICT professionals gathered to brainstorm on problems solving. He urged the youth to embrace the programme and take serious attention to achieve the required