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NITDA, NYSC partner for blockchain innovation

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By Usman Oladimeji

The project is designed to improve the authentication of NYSC certificates.

In the rapidly changing digital landscape, Nigeria extensive adoption of digital technology appears to be progressing at a significant pace, presenting numerous advantages and prospects for the nation. A recent development has brought to light that the Nigerian National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is set to implement an initiative to harness the potential present by blockchain technology. This groundbreaking project is designed to improve the authentication and issuance process of NYSC certificates, hence driving Nigeria into a promising digital era.

This transformative partnership was recently discussed at a Stakeholder’s Policy Dialogue on the Implementation of the National Blockchain Policy hosted by NITDA and the Strategic Blockchain Association of Nigeria (SiBAN). Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, the Director General of NITDA, spoke during the event and elaborated on the significance of the partnership. The NITDA Director General acknowledged the widespread interest in blockchain technology and reaffirmed the federal government’s commitment to the innovation. He mentioned the immense capacity of the technology to make a remarkable contribution of $1.7 trillion to the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Transitioning of NYSC certificates to a secure blockchain.

Moreover, this innovation harmoniously corresponds with Nigeria’s primary objective to strengthen its economy and create employment opportunities through digital innovation. The strategic partnership between NITDA and NYSC to create blockchain-based solutions for certification processes shows that the dedication to harnessing blockchain’s potential is more than just words. This collaborative effort extends beyond to encompass a technology education provider, with a grand objective of imparting knowledge and skills in blockchain technology to a remarkable cohort of 500,000 Nigerians.

By taking this step, it’s demonstrates commitment to equipping the people with the skills needed to succeed in the modern digital environment. NITDA and NYSC collaboration involves a comprehensive plan for realizing blockchain’s full potential. The process of authenticating the NYSC certificate, which has been beset with challenges in the past, is on the point of undergoing a major change. The transition of NYSC certificates to a secure blockchain infrastructure is anticipated to yield significant improvement in terms of being notably more streamlined, open, and resistance against any form of alteration.

A joint endeavor to integrate blockchain into educational scene.

Likewise, this development both increases trust in certificates’ authenticity and simplifies the verification process. Nigeria digital aspirations are characterised by a remarkable combination of bold and solid foundation. NITDA remains resolute in leveraging the potential clarified in a comprehensive report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), which forecasts that Nigeria GDP has the capacity to grow to a remarkable $40 billion by 2030. With a visionary outlook and strategic alliances, NITDA’s endeavor to achieve this vision appears to be progressively attainable.

Director General Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi has stated that the partnership between NITDA and NYSC is an important phase in Nigeria’s technical development. He noted that they are not only modernising procedures but laying the groundwork for unparalleled economic growth and digital empowerment by leveraging blockchain. The joint endeavour of NITDA and NYSC to integrate blockchain technology into Nigeria administrative and educational scene present several benefits, given the exponential growth of this technology around the world.

Nigeria unequivocally embraces the vast potential of blockchain.

On the other hand, this strategic partnership represents a firm and determined step towards the development of a technologically progressive Nigeria. It envisions a future where efficient certification procedures and digitized education systems work in harmony to cultivate progress, innovation, and open up more opportunities for growth. As Nigeria unequivocally embraces the vast potential of blockchain technology, affirmed by the approval of National Blockchain Policy, it strategically positions the country as a highly notable and formidable contender in the ever-evolving narrative of the digital era.

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