Vincent Ikuomola, Abuja


THE United Kingdom (UK) Government has stated it would support basic digital literacy across 10 rural areas in 10 Northern states.

The programme will run from this month to February next year, during which 1,000 beneficiaries, who have had little or no prior digital knowledge, will undergo a rigorous 12-week training required to navigate today’s digital world.

The project will help close the digital divide, enable inclusive digital access for all and build communities’ resilience to current and future pandemics.

The programme, which is under the UK’s Prosperity Fund Digital Access Programme, is meant for rural clusters in Northern Nigeria to enhance pandemic resilience.

The initiative is to support Nigeria’s National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (2020-2030).

An agreement to that effect has already been signed with Tech4Dev to carry out the training.

The project aimed at transforming the country into a leading digital economy, providing a better quality of life for Nigerians in 10 years.

Speaking on the project, the Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, Ben Llewellyn-Jones OBE said, “Nigeria’s Economic Sustainability Plan, as well as Nigeria’s Digital Economy Strategy, have identified the development of digital skills as key to unlocking economic prosperity for all Nigerians. With social distancing and lockdowns to curtail the spread of COVID-19, digital literacy has become a must-have. But for millions of people who are unable to use technology, the offline world is economically and socially isolating.

The Nation