Plateaus State is focusing on business process outsourcing (BPO) and is seeking investors to explore the vast potential in its domain.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong while speaking this week at the National Dialogue on Telecoms and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sectors in Nigeria said his administration is led by a strong belief in the development of the ICT sector as an enabler of government services and an economy that can address the massive unemployment rate in Nigeria.
Located in central Nigeria with a temperate weather, regarded as one of the best on the continent, low cost of living and friendly business-policy, Lalong said his government has long envisioned a digital economy on the plateau that is people focused.
His words: “It is based on this that my administration’s next line of action is going to be focused on business process outsourcing (BPO) to solve the demand problem. To this end, I will also want to use this medium to invite all telecommunication providers to locate their call centres to Plateau state to join the government in solving this demand problem.”
According to Lalong, through massive investment in skill building, Plateau is increasingly positioning itself to leverage the global knowledge economy, now a focus of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria at the federal level.
He added: “My government is investing in digital skills training under the flagship called “Code Plateau”. We are equipping our youths with skills and placing them in jobs both remotely and on-site across the country.
“Plateau State is blessed with highly employable youth population that can help bring value to your businesses.”
The event was organised by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) in collaboration with other industry stakeholders. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, made a keynote address.
With a major theme on: ‘Harnessing the Digital Resources for the Building of Our National Economy,’ the event drew participation from governments and major private sector players.