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NITDA Partners Social Good Fund, Respectech-HR to Harness Africa’s Human Resource Through Technology

NITDA Partners Social Good Fund, Respectech-HR to Harness Africa’s Human Resource Through Technology

By Matthew Eloyi

In recognition of the pivotal role technology and innovation play in addressing unemployment in other continents, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) collaborated with Social Good Fund and Respectech-HR to host the inaugural Respectech Conference aimed at harnessing Africa’s vast human capital and address the critical issues of unemployment and underutilized talent in the continent.

Our correspondent reports that the event brought together thought leaders, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, tech enthusiasts, policymakers, and industry experts from across Africa and beyond.

Speaking at the conference, themed “Putting Africa’s Human Resource to Work Through Technology and Innovation,” in Abuja, the Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi CCIE, represented by the agency’s Director of Corporate Planning and Strategy, Dr Aristotle Onumo, noted that NITDA’s involvement in the conference was part of its effort to digitally empower Nigerians through strategic collaboration.

Earlier in his address, the Director of Fiscal Sponsorship, Social Good Fund USA, Oliver Hack highlighted the immense potential of Nigerian youths, stating that this potential can be fully harnessed through strategic investments in education, infrastructure, and policy. Hack noted that Nigeria’s greatest resources extend beyond its natural riches to include its vibrant and talented population.

Also speaking, Country Director, Social Good Fund Nigeria, Oyewole Joledo noted that Nigeria’s tech ecosystem is a wellspring of human capital with a young tech-savvy population that is hungry for innovation and beaming with raw talent, adding that by investing in the tech ecosystem, Africa can strive as a continent.

In alignment with pillar number 7 of President Bola Tinubu’s key priority areas which seeks to accelerate diversification through industrialization, digitization, creative arts, manufacturing and innovation, NITDA set up an exhibition hub named “The Innovation Garden” at the conference where young innovators displayed their work to the public.

The Respectech Conference was powered by Social Good Fund Africa, Respectech-HR and supported by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

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