By Olawale Asake

A member representing Ibadan North West/Ibadan SouthWest Federal Constituency of Oyo State in the House of Representatives, Mr. Adedeji Olajide popularly known as Odidi Omo, has called for the declaration of a state of emergency on Digital Literacy in Nigeria.

Mr. Olajide made this call while fielding questions on a Radio Programme in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.

The Lawmaker maintained that Data is the new gold which has become a crucial resource for economic growth and development, just as oil was the mainstay of our economy in the past, data is now the new oil that must be treasured.

“We must prioritize digital literacy and skills acquisition to prepare our youths for the digital economy.”

He emphasized that the future of national development as a country is digital, hence, Nigerian youths must be digitally compliant to remain relevant in the global economy.

Mr Olajide said youths must be equipped with the necessary skills to compete favourably with their peers globally, adding that Nigerian youths are very intelligent and resourceful.

While further highlighting the importance of digital literacy in improving the country’s economy, the Federal Lawmaker noted that, Digital Literacy would not only reduce unemployment rate among the teeming youths but also help increase the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP.

He, however, commended the public for being calm at the moment when there is hardship in the country, saying, the suffering will soon be a thing of the past. The Lawmaker promised to continue to bring dividends of democracy back to his Constituency by facilitating many more projects that will be beneficial to the people


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