Barrister Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications has inaugurated the Project Planning Committee of the proposed National Information Technology Park/ Exhibition Centre.
Speaking at the ceremony held at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja, Barrister Shittu said that several countries developed innovations that enable their ICT/Telecoms Industry, significantly contribute to their economic development.
He added that one of such innovations is the establishment of a National Information Technology Park/Exhibition centre driven by the private sector.
“Given the Ministry’s vision to develop Nigeria’s ICT sector towards achieving a SMART Digital Nigeria, we decided to initiate this project,” the Minister said.
He noted that when completed, the project will boost technology tourism, generate the much needed revenue for government; create a veritable and internationally standardized ICT platform which the youth, ICT innovators and investors can leverage; create employment for our teaming youths and bring about industry, growth and internationalization of ICT in Nigeria among others.
“ICT parks are the best, tested & trusted institutional mechanism to address the needs of technology-intensive, knowledge-based economies. Attention must therefore, shift to other critical sectors that can re-galvanize our economy, which, is the establishment of ICT Parks.
“Nigeria stands to reap a lot of benefits from the establishment of this Park/Centre with very large and untapped potentials”, he said.