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The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr Isa Pantami has said his agency is committed to supporting young innovators and ICT entrepreneurs in the country.
Speaking weekend in Kaduna, Pantami Pantami said that the aim of organising the event was to identify young talents and innovators in ICT and those who had ideas that need the agency’s support.
He said “That is why we usually organise it once in awhile to make sure we identify our young innovators and entrepreneurs.
“To see how the agency will support them to realise their dreams.
“After this, there is going to be screening to identify those whose ideas are very important and effective.
“We will continue to monitor to support and even assist them to continue to build their ideas into a system.
“And we will even sponsor them to international events to compete with other start-ups,” he said.
Pantami said that it was the first time the Startup programme was organised in the northern Nigeria.
Up to 300 young innovators in ICT from north western Nigeria participated in the event.
The programme was organized by NITDA was collaborating with a Start-up firm, the Office for ICT Innovation Entrepreneurship (OIIE) in Kaduna.