The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, has tasked the country to direct its efforts towards accelerating the improvement of the five pillars of the digital economy.

The Deputy Governor detailed the five areas to include digital infrastructure, digital platform, digital financial services, digital entrepreneurship and digital skills.

Speaking at the Global Digital Economy 2.0 Summit organized by Junior Chamber International (JCI) in partnership with One Legacy, Hamzat said Nigeria has the potential to develop a strong digital economy, which will have a transformational impact. on the continent.

He said, “The World Bank and African Union report between 2019 and 2021 showed that Nigeria remains Africa’s largest economy with one of the largest youth populations in the world.”

Hamzat, who was represented by Finance Commissioner Dr. Rabiu Olowo, revealed that many digital services and advancements have been created during COVID-19, the majority of which have been made possible by young people.

“In line with this, I would like to urge JCI Nigeria to implement a mentorship program for final year students in tertiary institutions across the country,” he said.

On his part, the Lagos State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Hakeem Fahm called on the youth to develop a passion for technology so that the country can be a major player in the tech space.

Fahm said Lagos State has the highest number of start-ups in Africa, while tasking young Nigerians with artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics among others, saying they are essential to the digital economy.

Microsoft Country Manager for Nigeria, Ola Williams, has urged young people to take advantage of a series of opportunities at Microsoft with the aim of training and exposing 30 million young people.

Williams said: “We launched the Africa Development Hub where people can really bring their innovation and brainstorm together, using the Microsoft New Solution Development Framework to help people put their solution together. in light.

“We have launched initiatives that provide support to 10,000 start-ups in Africa in addition to other packages that help people develop solutions, access mentors and start-up capital. We have so many opportunities for men and women.

He called on young innovators to make an impact in their immediate surroundings in the spirit of Africa’s growth, saying, “Any opportunities you have, make sure the people around you have access to them. This is the only way to develop Africa. We have human capital in this country that we can build on to make Nigeria a hub for innovation in Africa and exporting to the world.

Host and National Chairman of JCI Nigeria, Ambassador Olawale Bakare said that JCI is a non-profit organization of young active citizens between the ages of 18 and 40 who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities.

“Active citizens are individuals invested in the future of our world. JCI brings together active citizens from all sectors of society. We develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to make informed decisions and take action.

“I am convinced that this summit will not only give birth to great ideas, but also to an inclusive and sustainable digital economy. I also thanked the National Business Director of JCI Nigeria and her team for organizing the summit.