Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, says Federal Government has launched a $609million fund for tech entrepreneurs in Nigeria over the next four years.
Tijani, who spoke at the ongoing 2023 Nordic Nigeria Connect in Lagos, said the biggest contributor of services is telecommunication hence the country should build partnerships that would help its citizens get there.
The Minister said, “In a connected world, our role is to build relationships with countries, organisation with innovation and a body of knowledge.
“Nigeria doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel in what is already known in other countries but we can leverage the opportunity.”
He said the government should build a country that we need to see, which is not just the role of government but also the private sector.
“The role of criticism of the government should be to make the government learn, hence we should criticise with facts and evidence to let the government be better,” he said.
In March, former vice president Yemi Osinbajo, launched a $600million programme for young Nigerians in the technology and creative sectors with a call on African governments and the private sector to do more to support the growth of innovation in the continent.