The Director General, National Infotech Development Firm (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, yesterday challenged Nigeria’s leading e-Commerce business to sign up with hands with Federal government in its tactical implementation of National Digital Economy Policy.
The NITDA boss made the call while receiving Chairperson of Jumia Group, Ms Juliet Anammah in his workplace.
He stated it is time for the e-Commerce business in Nigeria to come together and form a strong and viable entity that can work with the federal government so regarding accomplishing the digitalising Nigeria’s organisation activities.
Inuwa noted that there is high growing of Nigerians who do online companies, especially Small and Medium Business (SMEs), through many platforms, where prospective purchasers are linking with sellers.
“Many Nigerian participated in e-commerce through Small and Medium Enterprise SME to sell their goods and services which has greatly increase the Nigeria’s Gdp (GDP).”The NITDA DG noted that the Federal Government is doing everything possible to provide sufficient policies for “Ease of Operating” for personal sectors and continue building capability on digital literacy for consumers and online users.
As part of the Company’s strategic required to improve usage of digital tools in the nation, Mr Inuwa revealed that NITDA has launched ‘Embraced Town for Smart Farming’ (NAVSA), a digital platform that brings farmers together providing them room to market their farm produce on a digital area, and likewise connect them with potential investors.
He included that NITDA is also building Digital Academy throughout the nation to make sure that Nigerians get mandatory computer understanding so that utilizing devices will not be hard for them. According to the DG, this can not be achieved without necessary cooperation from the private sector. “Despite being IT regulators, NITDA also needs cooperation from personal sectors that are into an online organisation. Our door is always open. We run a collective federal government. We are working to make the environment conducive for personal organisations to develop jobs.”
“It is very essential for the e-Commerce Business to come up with strong, cumulative and concrete organisation that we can interact to make the market better for everyone, particularly on task creation,” he added.
Earlier in her address, the Chairperson Jumia Nigeria, Mrs Juliet Anammah explained Nigeria as the greatest e-commerce market in Africa, putting the nation’s Gross Product valued at 838 million euro with over 25% earnings.
According to her, e-commerce in Nigeria has, in the last few years produced thousands of tasks to unemployed youths, and end up being a multiplying aspect for SME in the nation, including that Nigeria is still doing far better in online businesses in spite of present challenges faced by the e-Commerce market.
“There are some difficulties especially bad roads connection, rails, digital facilities, digital identity and lack of digital literacy, but Nigeria still has the potentials to do much better if there is a strong cross partnership between the federal government and the private sectors,” Anammah stated.