By Ahmed Kaigama
The Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (FMSTI) has been supporting more than 200 talented youth entrepreneurs financially.
Dr Danazumi Ibrahim, Director General National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion made the disclosure in Bauchi on Saturday.
He was speaking as representative of the Minister of State of the FMSTI, Dr Mohammmed Abdullahi, at the final year forum of the Department of Mathematical Science of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Public lecture and Seminar.
Ibrahim emphasised the imperatives of using youths as key agents in innovative digital economy transformation and diversification.
He said the FMSTI was committed to building and empowering young entrepreneurs, innovators and investors to achieve their dreams.
“Since 2015 the FMSTI has financially supported more than 200 youths who are talented and have a lot of amazing inventions and innovations that are well established in their enterprises.
“This event is very apt, particularly at this period when the country is facing a myriad of socio-economic challenges.
“I strongly believe this forum will provide the needed platform for participants to know our status and development with regards to digital economy at all levels,’’ Ibrahim said.
He added that FMSTI would continue to encourage actions that would support economic growth and entrepreneurship and employ the versatility of Information Communication Technology to achieve a digitalised economy.
He urged corporate organisations and stakeholders to invest immensely in ICT to achieve a sustainable, transformed and digitalised economy.
In his remarks, Dr Faisal Bala, of the Department of Electrical Engineering ATBU, urged students to seek mentorship in skills acquisition.
He said life after graduation required building of capacity and skills sets.
“I encourage those graduating to think towards becoming self-reliant as government jobs and difficult to get,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the public lecture was: “Youth as key agents of innovative digital economy transformation and diversification’’. (NAN)