The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr Kashifu Inuwa, has urged Nigeria’s e-Commerce companies to join hands with the Federal Government in the implementation of National Digital Economy Policy.
Inuwa made the call in Abuja on Tuesday while receiving the chairperson of Jumia Group, Ms Juliet Anammah, on a courtesy visit.
According to the D-G it is time for the e-Commerce companies in Nigeria to come together and form a strong and viable entity that can work with government so as to achieve the dream of digitising Nigeria’s business activities.
”There is high growth of Nigerians who do online businesses, especially Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs), through numerous platforms, where potential buyers are connecting with sellers,” he said.
Inuwa added that many Nigerians now engaged in e-commerce via Small and Medium Enterprise SME to sell their goods and services which had tremendously increased Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The D-G noted that the federal government was doing everything possible to provide adequate policies for “Ease of Doing Business” for private sector and continue building capacity on digital literacy for consumers and online users.
He also said that NITDA had launched ‘Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture’ (NAVSA) as part of the Agency’s strategic mandate to improve use of digital tools in the country.
”NAVSA is a digital platform that brings farmers together giving them room to market their farm produce on a digital space, and also connect them with potential investors,” he said.
He added that NITDA was also building a digital academy across the country to ensure that Nigerians acquired requisite computer knowledge so that using devices would not be difficult for them.
The D-G, however, said that a lot could only be achieved with the necessary cooperation from the private sector.
“Despite being IT regulators, NITDA also needs cooperation from private sector organisations that are into online business. Our door is always open. We run a collaborative government.
”We are working to make the environment conducive for private organisations to create jobs,” he said.