Vice President Kashim Shettima has instructed the Investment in Digital and Creative Enterprises (i-DICE) team to commence the program before the end of November. Shettima issued this directive during a meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, where the i-DICE team updated him on their progress last Friday.
He emphasized the commitment of President Bola Tinubu’s administration to generate millions of jobs in the Nigerian technology sector and revealed that the administration aims to launch the $617.7 million i-DICE Investment program in November 2023.
Shettima stressed the significance of this initiative for the Federal Government’s digital job initiative and reaffirmed their dedication to fulfilling promises to Nigerians. He urged all i-DICE program partners to ensure prudent utilization of the funds, noting that the $617.7 million scheme has the potential to be a transformative force.
“The peculiarity of the challenges we face in the country demands that we have to create jobs for our teeming youths to address the crises associated with youth unemployment.
“I want to appeal to all of us here to unite and see that this programme takes off latest by the end of November this year.
“I am interested in getting a weekly update on what is being done to kick-start this programme.
“We also need to spread out to cover the whole country so that there is inclusivity.
“If we judiciously utilise these funds, the target impact and anticipated benefits will be immense.”
The Vice-President provided assurance to the technical committee, program personnel, and international partners that they would receive full support as required.
“We mean business; my boss, President Bola Tinubu, is passionate about the transformation of this country.
“So, you have nothing to worry about the government’s support,” Vice-President Shettima said.
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