By Abubakar Ibrahim, Kano
Abdurrahman Isa Ali popularly known as Abdul Pantami is a graduate of Computer Science from University of Bedfordshire London, he is also an advocate of youth’s development via constructive engagement of Nigerian youths in economic development. The young energetic youth was born on 4th October, 2000.
Young Panlami believed that Nigerian youth are very enterprising and productive and what they only need is a push from those that matters.
According to him, It is also apparent that, education remained a critical factor that must be deployed in tackling a lot of issues that deals with the Nigerian youth.
“I am optimistic that, positive and effective utilization of the Nigerian youths in the national development plan will surely be the antidotes to the negative attribution of the present Nigerian youths,” he said.
He stressed that youths worldwide are the leading catalyst in the national economic growth adding that perhaps the realization of this has been the reason behind Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017–2020 (ERGP) which recognizes the need for a digital-led strategy to make the Nigerian economy more competitive in the 21st century global economy.
Y”ou can bear me witness when you talk about digital-led strategy you are directly referring to the youths.
In 2015, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) proposed the transition of the economy into a digital economy through investments in digital infrastructure, and more specifically broadband, which is a key driver of digital economy growth and I strongly believe involving the youths here will sure yield the needed result,” he revealed.
He added, “You see, impossible is nothing when you have the right mind handling the right positions. In a country like Nigeria, the subject of digital economy is capable of creating job opportunities and who are the jobless at present?
I am sure Nigerian youth are more than ready to make the needed positive change in the entire Nigerian system. That is why I kept saying that my dream is to see a productive and educated Nigerian youth.”
Pantami said he is of the opinion that Nigeria being the biggest economy in Africa with one of the largest populations of young people in the world is well-positioned to develop a strong digital economy, which would have a transformational impact on the country.
“I see the Nigerian youth at the helm of African affairs in the nearest future and gradually, the Nigerian youth will move the nation to places in the world ranking of nations with viable economy.