Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential contender for the elections of 2023, on Monday, August 29, praised the efforts of both the House of Representatives and the Senate to adopt the Nigeria Startup Bill.
The former vice president also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Bill into law.
The ICT sub-sector would account for about 18.44% of Nigeria’s GDP as of the end of Q2 in 2022. This is according to a statement released by Atiku on Monday.
”Nigeria is also one of the top destinations for IT talent on the African continent,” he revealed.
Further, Atiku underlined that in order to guarantee economic growth and diversification in the coming years; the ICT sector is a crucial component of his national development plan and framework.
The PDP presidential candidate stated that his administration plans to implement a disruptive economic agenda; one that will place information and communications technology (ICT) at the forefront of Nigeria’s policy development strategy; while ensuring that digital technologies and innovations in ICT, as well as products and services that are enabled by IT; are given an enabling environment to drive and help build a new digital economy.
He added that this would particularly cover areas like E-commerce, IT manufacturing, ICT enabled outsourcing, the broader start-up ecosystem; as well as other emerging industries.
“My administration will ensure that the gap is bridged between established/Start-up Tech companies and the nation’s regulators to provide a thriving tech ecosystem that enhances competitiveness, innovation, and job growth for our growing youth population,” Atiku buttressed.
He reiterated the need to transition into an E-government system to reduce expenditure costs, and improve workflow management, service delivery, and overall efficiency.
According to him, this shift will also provide opportunities for the ICT industry to innovate and develop solutions for government digital services as we build a new and enhanced futuristic economy.