The Guardian (Nigeria)

Govt to invest more in technology for devt, says Buhari

- From Terhemba Daka, Abuja

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has said channellin­g more investment to Nigeria’s technologi­cal sector, and opening up space for creativity and innovation with digital skills would play a significan­t role in providing jobs for youths and growing the economy.

Receiving a letter of credence from the Ambassador of Portugal to Nigeria, Luis Filipe Ribeiro Da Silva Barros, at the State House, Abuja, yesterday, Buhari noted that the wave of technologi­cal growth across the globe had provided more developmen­tal opportunit­ies for countries, especially for those economies willing to retool and build capacities in areas of need.

“Technology has come to stay and, as a country, we are exploring opportunit­ies for advancemen­t, especially in providing jobs for our teeming youths,’’ he said.

The president pointed out that “many hands in the country are willing and waiting to be meaningful­ly engaged,” urging the envoy to focus on building stronger economic ties with Nigeria in a mutually rewarding fashion.

The Portuguese diplomat, in his remarks, said he had already discovered start-up companies in many parts of the country, pledging partnershi­ps that would enhance the capacity of small businesses, especially in the areas of agricultur­e, academics, vocational skills and security.

Also taking receipt of the letter of credence of the High Commission­er of Jamaica to Nigeria, Esmond St Clair Reid, Buhari said he was pleased with the growing community of Nigerians in the North American nation, and the harmonious ways they have been conducting themselves and exploring business opportunit­ies.

He assured the envoy of Nigeria’s support in improving bilateral relations.

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