The Honourable Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, said that the essence of the Nigerian Information and Communication Technology Summit is to promote investments in the ICT sector in Nigeria.
In a statement on tuesday in Abuja said, that the Nigeria economy has been monolithic in the recent past, owning largely to its dependence on crude oil revenue, hence, the need to diversify, because ICT breaks barriers and acts as an enabler to drive socio-economic transformation, development and modernisation of other sector of the economy.
Shittu said that it is a conscious effort by government, working with the Nigerian Diaspora Direct, private sector and stakeholders to forge a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to develop solutions that will make our ICT more sustainable and smarter.
He said the aim of the Summit is to galvanise Nigerian businessmen and women in the Diaspora, their counterparts in UK Business and International investors to establish businesses in Nigeria.
Furthermore, the Summit is also an opportunity to identify potential sources of finance, technology and technical skills that will boost creation of jobs to Nigerians.
The Executive Director of Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit (NDDIS), Mr Bimbo Folayan said that NDDIS was set up in other to bring investors to Nigeria, urge Nigerians in Diaspora to come and do business, create employment, and develop ICT in Nigeria. Adding that Nigerians in United Kingdom (UK) is close to 2million hence, the Summit that will hold in April 28th 2018, which would encourage and bring people in Diaspora back to the country and attracts investors.
He said that the Summit is aimed to invite Directors-General of the Parastatals of the Ministry, Governors from various States, top Government Officials and Stakeholders because Nigeria is very active in Information Technology.