Nigeria Launches Ambitious Digital Literacy Program for 40 million SMEs

By : Hikmatu Bilali

Date : mercredi, 28 février 2024 16:40

Nigeria Launches Ambitious Digital Literacy Program for 40 Million SMEs.

Digitalization is crucial for SMEs as it enhances efficiency, reduces operational costs, expands market reach, and fosters innovation. By adopting digital tools and platforms, SMEs can streamline processes, improve customer engagement, and access valuable data insights, leading to increased productivity and competitiveness.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) have introduced an initiative focused on enhancing digital literacy among over 40 million Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) nationwide. NITDA disclosed the meeting via a post on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter) on February 23rd.

This strategic collaboration seeks to safeguard approximately 70 million jobs and amplify SMEs’ substantial contribution, constituting a formidable 50% of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Beyond mere partnership, the NITDA-SMEDAN alliance reveals an ambitious action plan to establish a comprehensive database crucial for SMEs’ future growth and sustainability. Kashifu Inuwa, Director-General of NITDA, and Charles Odii, Director-General of SMEDAN, envision a multifaceted strategy that not only prioritizes infrastructural advancements but also places significant emphasis on digital literacy.

Acknowledging the transformative potential of digital tools and platforms in reshaping operational paradigms, NITDA and SMEDAN align with the National Digital Literacy Framework (NDLF). Their shared vision heralds an era where digital competence fuels innovation and propels growth within the SME sector. The imminent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is poised to solidify these collaborative efforts, providing SMEs representing a staggering 90% of Nigeria’s workforce and business landscape with a robust foundation for prosperity.

As Nigeria embarks on this transformative journey, the NITDA-SMEDAN partnership emerges as a beacon of hope for millions of SMEs, intrinsically linked to the nation’s economic stability. Given the pivotal role SMEs play in Nigeria’s GDP, the success of this initiative holds the promise of a resilient and prosperous future.

Hikmatu Bilali


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