President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday submitted an additional 19 ministerial nominees to the Senate, causing a stir among stakeholders.
Among the nominees, one name stood out for Nigeria’s tech ecosystem – Bosun Tijani, the CEO and co-founder of CcHub, a highly influential incubator on the continent.
Tijani’s inclusion on the list signifies his potential nomination for the esteemed role of Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, making him the sole representative from within Nigeria’s tech ecosystem. In a departure from the norm of appointing civil servants and career politicians to such positions, this nomination marks a significant step towards recognizing the importance of the tech industry.
The nomination of Tijani holds promise for the tech ecosystem, as it signifies the government’s acknowledgement of the sector and its commitment to providing support for its growth. It offers an opportunity for the tech industry to exert influence and actively contribute to shaping policies that drive innovation and expansion.
This move aligns with the government’s earlier efforts, as demonstrated by Nigeria’s Startup Act, which showcased the willingness to engage with the ecosystem and encourage dialogue. Tijani’s nomination represents a continuation of this policy and reinforces the commitment to fostering a thriving tech ecosystem in the country.
As Nigeria’s tech community eagerly awaits the confirmation and subsequent activities of the nominee, the industry anticipates a strengthened relationship with the government, leading to a more supportive environment and increased opportunities for growth and development.
With Tijani potentially helming the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the future for Nigeria’s tech ecosystem appears brighter than ever, bolstered by the recognition and representation it rightfully deserves.