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July 17, 2024

KNSG commits to embrace digital economy with innovative project

Kano State Governor, Alh. Abba Kabir Yusuf, affirmed his administration’s dedication to fostering a sustainable and comprehensive digital economy model through the adoption of a Digital Access Project (DAP) which is aimed at propelling the state’s economic growth.

In a recent meeting with representatives from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Nigeria Economic Summit Group/Policy Innovation Centre (NESG/PIC), and Blue Sapphire Hub, Governor Yusuf’s Deputy, Comr. Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo, conveyed the Governor’s message.

He stressed the significance of digital transformation for economic advancement, social equity, and individual empowerment.

During the event, Mr. Adekunle Samuel, a representative from the Nigeria Economic Summit Group/Policy Innovation Centre (NESG/PIC), described the Digital Access Project (DAP) as a transformative endeavor focused on inclusion and transformation.

He emphasized that implementing the DAP was not just a choice but a necessity for Kano State to embrace the digital economy concept.

“This move aims to tap into the untapped potential of Kano’s citizens and drive the state towards increased productivity and sustainable economic growth, including ventures like E-commerce, online entrepreneurship, and remote work opportunities” stated Adekunle

Haj. Maryam Lawan, Coordinator of Blue Sapphire Hub, highlighted the achievements resulting from the collaboration between FCDO and NESG/PIC.

“Notable outcomes included the development of a 5-year Kano State Inclusive Digital Economy Plan and Strategy (KDEPS), strategies for adopting the National Broadband Plan, and recommendations for regulatory reforms concerning the Right of Way” Maryam revealed.

Furthermore, they suggested the renaming of the state’s Ministry for Science, Technology and Innovation to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Digital Economy, in addition to the creation of a Digital Economy Policy.

Kano State Commissioner for Science, Technology and Innovation, Alh. Tajudeen Usman, detailed the state’s intention to establish transparent, inclusive, and sustainable internet access across the region, aiming to curtail the need for rural-urban migration for online activities.

Governor Yusuf affirmed his commitment to the proposed action plans and strategies, assuring that they would be thoroughly reviewed for implementation.

He also announced the formation of a committee to assess the proposal for renaming the state’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Digital Economy, in line with their digital economy vision.

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Mustapha Salisu

Mustapha Salisu is a graduate of BSc. Information and Media Studies from Bayero University Kano, with experience in Communication Skills as well as Public Relations.

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