The National Information Technology Development Agency has called for creativity and technological innovations in tackling the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency made the call in a statement released to mark the World Creativity and Innovation Day on Tuesday.

The United Nations declared April 21st as the World Creativity and Innovation Day in recognition of the importance of creativity and innovation in problem solving, especially with respect to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. The celebration is also aimed at encouraging stakeholders in the creative and innovative ecosystem at individual and group levels to come up with solutions to economic and social problems.

The statement said, “The general public is therefore encouraged to embrace creativity and innovation as essential tools in harnessing economic potential for opportunities and solutions towards arresting the COVID-19 pandemic. “NITDA is making progressive efforts at creating opportunities for the adoption of creativity and innovation to address the country’s socio-economic challenges in different sectors of the economy.”

The statement, signed by Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Hadiza Umar, disclosed that NITDA had set up an Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a special purpose vehicle, to oversee and drive ICT innovation and entrepreneurship. Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) is tasked with identifying and recommending solutions to issues critical to driving the national digital economy, including enabling and mentoring startups, entrepreneurs and firms.

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