The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa has commended Jumia for deploying Information and Communications Technology (ICT) resources to reform the e-commerce sector and boost the country’s economic growth.
The NITDA DG spoke at the Jumia’s 10th-anniversary luncheon of Africa’s first unicorn, titled “the role of ICT in shaping the Nigerian economy” held at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
He commended Jumia on its growth and trajectory in the country’s e-commerce ecosystem over the years.
Inuwa, represented by the Agency’s Head of South West, Zonal Office, Barr. Chioma Okee-Aguguo stated that the organization which started 10 years ago as a tech start-up is now considered a trailblazer and an inspiration to other tech start-ups in the country.
Inuwa thanked the company for its contributory influence in the enhancement of the country’s e-commerce industry, adding that the rapid development of ICT in Nigeria has enabled heterogeneous economic sectors to be more integrated.
He acknowledged the tremendous impact the company has had on the economy of the nation.
Inuwa, however, said that Jumia has created more jobs for youths and transformed the commercial face of wholesale and retail businesses while at the same time delivering excellent customer satisfaction.
“You have positively impacted the lives of millions of Nigerians and changed the face of commerce in the country. We celebrate your success stories and commend your efforts at reshaping the e-commerce industry in Nigeria”, he stated.
According to Inuwa, electronic commerce has led to unprecedented improvement in the growth and productivity of the nation’s economy and urged other financial services, healthcare, government and other industries to explore ways of using ICT to transform their traditional process models.
He stated that the agenda of the present administration is to foster efficient, safe, and economically productive Digital Nigeria, through the deployment of IT, has developed programmes to support e-Government initiatives.
According to him, this is a way of strengthening cyber-security, developing digital skills for digitally excluded citizens, and enhancing developmental regulations to promote ICT-centered innovation and entrepreneurship.
“Technology revolution is upon us as the largest economy and largest population in Africa. We stand to gain immensely by leapfrogging from our present status in the ICT ecosystem development, engaging the values of innovative application development, deployment, and adoption”, he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of Jumia Nigeria, Mr. Massimiliano Spalazzi, in his remarks expressed gratitude to the company’s workforce and customers for their unflinching support over the years and promised more excellent service delivery.
“We are very proud of what we have built, thanks to our customers and employees and to show our appreciation, we want to focus more and more on customer needs and ensure we are adapting to market demands”, he said.
The co-founder of Jumia, Jeremy Hodara said that the company has partnered with both international and local brands to offer thousands of products to Nigerian consumers through a workforce of over 1000 employees, 10,000 independent sales agents, and 350 partners.
According to him, Jumia has impacted the host communities, women, entrepreneurs, youths, and the country’s economy.