Stakeholders in information and communication technology, ICT have advised the Muhammadu Buhari administration to give priority attention to the ICT business process outsourcing subsector with a view to achieving quick win on job creation for the populace.
They stated this in Abuja during the week at a round table meeting with the theme “Jobs for All – Sustainable, Demand Driven Job Creation in Nigeria through Information Communication Technology’ organized by NAITEOC in conjunction with the World Bank.
The stakeholders unanimously affirmed that if this quick win area was explored, the subsector has the potential of generating 30 million jobs if every constraint bedeviling the nation in infrastructure were removed.
According to the chairman of the meeting and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, Dr. Tunji Olaopa, Nigeria needs to deepen and consolidate on the laudable ICT initiative formulated in the past so as to expand its contribution to gross domestic product, GDP and create jobs to arrest the daunting challenges of unemployment in the country.
He added that the country needed to expand the scope of ICT to cover more outsourcing because it has the potential of creating the jobs.
“With proper policy framework and implementation, the nation will be able to solve the challenges of unemployment using ICT especially in the area of outsourcing. Look into the direction of public service, the MDAs need to shed off some of its secondary functions and concentrate more on their primary mandates hence encouraging outsourcing to thrive”, he stressed.
Earlier, Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack said adopting multi-stakeholders approach to the outsourcing project in Nigeria would help in ICT sector to be a catalyst for job creation.
Jack said the challenge the subsector is facing now is the idea of domain control which has defined our national life adding that efforts of some MDAs in creating job were not yielding the desire results because of lack of coordination and partnership.
He said the agency has tried to adopt the NASCOM of India models of developing outsourcing in the country. “We wish to take outsourcing from the proper way by looking at the innovators and design an ecosystem for it to form a chain line of development.
Jack said that the agency has come up with intervention programme on this by approaching Abuja Technology Village to absorb the Computer Market in Wuse, in its master plan while the Pan African University of Technology would provide the academic training for most of the technician.
One of participants at the event, Ambassador Joe Keshi called for the understanding of the leadership and key into the ICT as solution to unemployment in Nigeria, adding that there is proper sensitization for them on seeing ICT as key to unlock the unemployment challenges.
He said aside the security challenge in the country today unemployment came second on the priority of the new administration, hence the need to let them identify the ICT Business process Outsourcing as has the potential to solve the problem.
The stakeholders identify some quick win areas where government can leverage on to achieve the desire result for job creation in ICT sector, including the provision of assistance to technical skill people in the sector, review the curriculum of the tertiary institution to focus more on content creation rather than on basic knowledge.
Others are making ICT third compulsory subject right from elementary level of othe education system, create enabled environment for private sector to invest in the sectors, and lessen the bottleneck in the bureaucracy involved in getting right of ways to lay fiber optic cable in the country.

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