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Umar Namadi’s vision for Jigawa: A digital renaissance-Mallam Murtala Kazaure

By Mallam Murtala Kazaure

In an era where technology permeates every aspect of our lives, leaders who embrace the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the digital economy are best positioned to propel their states toward unprecedented growth and development. Recognizing this paradigm shift, the Jigawa State Governor Mallam Umar Namadi has set forth an ambitious and visionary plan to harness the power of ICT and the digital economy, which will lead the state towards a brighter, more prosperous future.

His vision for restoring Jigawa State’s ICT prominence demonstrates how farsighted and committed he is to harness the power of technology for progress. This piece seeks to wholeheartedly support Governor Namadi’s vision, highlighting the numerous benefits and opportunities that lie ahead on the path to a digital renaissance in Jigawa.

Jigawa State, once renowned as a pacesetter in ICT within the Federal Republic of Nigeria, lost its glorious status along the way. However, hope has been reignited with the emergence of Mallam Umar Namadi as the State Governor after the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.

More so, goal number five of Mallam Umar Namadi’s blueprint for greater Jigawa State stated that his administration will leverage Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a priority sector for achieving socio-economic development, thereby reclaiming the past glory of the State as the leader in e-governance and the use of ICT for human capital development and digital job creation. The good citizens of Jigawa State welcomed this development and expect it to be a beacon of hope for the progress and prosperity of their State.

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The wealth of benefits and possibilities that await Jigawa as it embarks on a digital renaissance include but are not limited to the following;

1. Driving Economic Diversification: Economic diversification is a crucial strategy that aims to reduce the state’s reliance on a single sector and foster sustainable development. Jigawa State is recognized for its predominantly agrarian economy, with agriculture being the mainstay of the state’s economy for decades.

However, in recent years, there has been an increasing emphasis on economic diversification to unlock new growth opportunities, reduce vulnerability to external shocks, and enhance overall prosperity.

Through nurturing a knowledge-based economy, Jigawa State can reduce its overdependence on traditional industries and tap into the vast potential of digital technologies.

With the growing demand for tech services, software development, and digital solutions, Jigawa can attract investments and create a robust ecosystem of tech entrepreneurs and startups, fueling economic growth and generating employment opportunities for its teeming youth.

2. Empowering Youth and Enhancing Employability: Youth empowerment and employability are critical components of a thriving society. In Jigawa State, like many other regions across the world, the youth population represents a significant demographic group with immense potential for driving economic growth and social development.


However, to harness this potential, it is essential to create an environment that fosters empowerment, skill development, and increased employability opportunities. As Jigawa State has a history of investing in ICT for its socio-economic development, it will be much easy for the State Government to reinvest in ICT education and vocational training, which will in due course equip its young population with the expertise needed to thrive in the digital age.

These skills will not only enhance their employability within the state but also make them competitive in the global job market. As Jigawa’s youth harness the power of technology, they can become agents of positive change, driving innovation and contributing significantly to the state’s progress.

3. Bridging the Digital Divide: Bridging the digital divide in Jigawa State is essential for creating a more inclusive and equitable society. By addressing the factors contributing to the divide, such as infrastructure disparities, access to technology, digital literacy, and awareness, the state can empower its citizens to fully participate in the digital age.

Bridging the digital divide will lead to improved educational outcomes, increased employability, and enhanced economic opportunities, ultimately contributing to the overall development and prosperity of Jigawa State. By expanding internet connectivity and digital infrastructure to remote areas, Jigawa State can ensure that even the most marginalized populations have access to essential services, education, healthcare, and economic opportunities.

This inclusivity will foster social cohesion, reduce inequalities, and create a more balanced and interconnected society.

4. Enhancing Government Services and E-Governance: Another simple and yet fastest way for Jigawa State to regain its status as a leader in the implementation of ICT for socio-economic development is by embracing e-governance solutions, the state can streamline administrative processes, improve service delivery, and promote transparency and accountability.

Citizens will benefit from more efficient and accessible government services, leading to increased trust and cooperation between the government and the people. Also, digitizing administrative processes and services reduces bureaucratic red tape, and enhances public participation in decision-making processes, thus strengthening the relationship between the government and citizens.

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5. Fostering Public-Private Partnerships: Recognizing the pivotal role of the private sector in driving digital transformation, if Jigawa State gives focus and encourages public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the ICT and digital economy sector the State will benefit and create endless possibilities for its citizens. Collaborations with private enterprises can unlock additional resources, expertise, and innovation, facilitating the rapid implementation of transformative projects.

These partnerships will create a dynamic ecosystem, attracting both local and foreign investments, and positioning Jigawa State as a magnet for digital entrepreneurship and technological advancements.

As Jigawa State embarks on this ambitious journey towards ICT leadership, the citizens, private sector, and other stakeholders must rally behind Governor Namadi’s vision, collectively contributing to the realization of a digitally empowered and progressive state. Together, we can witness the resurgence of Jigawa State as a frontrunner in the utilization of ICT for socio-economic development, elevating the entire region to new heights of success.

Kazaure a Staff of ICT Directorate Federal University Dutse, writes from Unguwar Tsohonkafi Kazaure, Jigawa State.


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