The News: Daser David, the former Director General of the Plateau state Information and Communication Technology Development Agency (PICTDA) has encouraged his successor to drive the implementation of Code Plateau, a digital skills bootcamp which was launched during his tenure.
Mr Daser made the call on Wednesday during a keynote address at the LinkedIn Local Jos event at the University of Jos. According to him, the initiative has been instrumental in establishing Plateau state as a prominent digital hub within Nigeria.
Why it matters: This call comes a day after the Code Plateau management partner, Prince Ponfa Miri Foundation terminated its partnership with the state government citing a “lack of enthusiasm” by the Caleb Mutfwang-led administration.
The former DG, who is also the founder of the first innovation hub in Northern Nigeria said that if the current administration is considering a monetisation strategy instead of the open-access approach that has been used since its launch, it can explore other policy strategies.
“They could explore the possibility of obtaining corporate social responsibility contributions from tech companies or government-affiliated banks,” he said. “It is vital that government entities and their associates refrain from converting CSR obligations from banks or contractors into personal revenue, as these funds could be directed toward valuable initiatives like Code Plateau.”
Mr Daser maintained that “the objective behind starting Code Plateau was not to generate government revenue but to spark curiosity, foster innovation, and cultivate a strong tech culture among our citizens”.
Zoom in: Since the news about the termination of the PPMF partnership with PICTDA which has led to the suspension at the Code Plateau Campus, several Plateau residents have encouraged the government not to disband the project considering the impact of the project.
At the time of this report, PICTDA has not issued any public statement.