By Ahmed Ahmed
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ali Isa Pantami, has said that Nigeria would soon be one of the leading digital economies in the world.
Pantami stated this at the second School of Science and Technology (SOST) National Conference of the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi on Tuesday in Bauchi.
He said that the theme of the conference, “The role of science, technology and innovations in a digital economy towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs)” was timely and related with the objective of digital economy.
“It is quite important because our nation Nigeria is at a point where it is evolving into one of the nations that will in the next couple of years be regarded as one of the leading digital economies in the world.
“This is the desire of the Ministry and President Mohammadu Buhari that all agencies under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, private sector and stakeholder companies are working towards Nigeria’s digital economy.
“Science, technology and innovation are seen as the main enablers of realising some if not all of SDGs such as ending hunger through agrictech, no poverty through ICT, good health among others,” he said.
Represented by Professor Muhammad Abubakar, the managing director, Galaxy Backbone plc, the minister said the digital economy, which is driven by science, technology and innovation play a very important role in the Nigerian economy.
Pantami stressed that the Digital Economy is the Economic activity that results from billions of everyday online connections among people, businesses, devices, data and processes.