The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, on Saturday, advised the Nigerian youth to develop their skills and drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the space sector.
Pantami gave the advice at the closing ceremony of Hackathon Actinspace Competition organised by NIGCOMSAT Limited in Abuja. The minister, who was represented by the Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone, Prof. Mohammed Abubakar, said the competition’s focus was critical to the needs of the space industry and humanity. “It gives us great opportunity to become major participants in the growing global digital economy thereby making ICT not just an enabler but a catalyst for economic growth,’’ he said. Pantami said the competition targeted the creativity of the participants and also sharpened their entrepreneurial initiatives.
He said the various teams that took part in the competition were challenged to conceive and design innovative services and products derived from space technologies and space acquired data. The minister advised the youth to develop specialised skills in order to empower themselves, saying it would enable them in building a workforce and establishing startups for the communication industry.