The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has urged Nigerian youths to explore opportunities in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector in their efforts to attain self-actualisation.
Pantami said this at the opening of the Hackathon ActinSpace Competition in Abuja on Friday.
He challenged the competitors to strive hard towards winning the competition.
Mr Francis Chizea, Director-General, National Space Research Development Agency (NASRD), represented by Director, Space Application, Mr James Godstime, said that the youth had a vital role to play in the space sector due to their advisory role.
Chizea said that the United Nations (UN) placed premium on the role of youths in the Space Generation Advisory Council for the Youth.
“The youth serve as incubation for space exploration ideas and concepts.
“Youths also define the direction of future space exploration and also participate in the implementation of space development projects,” he said.
Dr Abimbola Alale, Managing Director, NIGCOMSAT, said that it was the first time Nigerian youths were participating in the competition.
She urged Nigerian youths to be more creative and futuristic.
Winners at the competition will represent Nigeria at the Global ActinSpace Competition in Paris, France, in 2021.
ActinSpace, which is an international competition targeted at students of tertiary institutions, aims at utilising space technologies to create solutions to daily life problems.