By Angeleen Nkwocha
The Federal Government has said it will set up Creativity and Technology Council to support innovation and startups in the creative industry to aid creativity and innovation amongst youths, adding that it will continuously invest and encourage young minds to be both entrepreneurs and pacesetters.
This was made known on Tuesday in Abuja by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the 2018 Digital Africa Conference & Exhibition.
He said government’s committed to stimulating growth in the economy through wooing offshore investors, and providing softer pads for ease of doing business.
“We already have an industrial and competitiveness council where the likes of Dangote and the bigger businesses already advise on policy. Whereas the creative and technology advisory council would involve people doing startups.
“The government also recognises that investing in the country’s youth is a cardinal pathway to building sustainable growth. Nigeria has indeed gotten to a point where there is a high demand for its software developers and engineers.
“Today, there are available statistics to show that Africa is no doubt, in the throes of a technological revolution, leapfrogging computers in favour of Internet connections through mobile devices. In fact, a fifth of the continent of Africa is now said to have access to broadband connection, a figure predicted to triple in the next three years”, he said.
He lauded the boost by mobile connectivity, and it’s drive in making life comfortable the revolution in the banking sector occasioned by mobile banking and cashless regime, the springing of tech hubs and startup incubators across major cities in Africa.