Ibrahim Magaji said he had been contacted by NITDA since report of his invitation to establish Agri-Tech start-up in the UK went viral.

The Gombe-born postgraduate alumnus of Birmingham City University was one of the four selected by the institution to remain in the UK and launch their “credible business idea,” after a keenly contested process.

Announcing the reason for giving alumni such opportunities, BCU said they have a central role in identifying suitable graduates who have developed business ideas, and supporting them. “Since 2013, BCU has supported more than 64 graduates that stayed in the UK to run their businesses. Many of which are still living in the UK after having successfully applied for the TIER 1 Entrepreneur Visa,” they said

Mr. Magaji, who holds a master’s degree in Enterprise Systems Management (SAP Integrated) from the university, following a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology & Business Information Systems from Middlesex University London, said his intention is to revolutionise agro-exports.

“I’m bringing domestic farmers back home, especially in Nigeria to foreign market that is robust, secure and profitable. This was inspired by growing demand for an alternative to the oil revenue, especially by the Nigerian government,” the 28-year old told NIGERIAN DIARY.

He called his winning business initiative Digital Green Intercontinental, which according to him will “be a novel digital commodity exchange platform that would revolutionize international agro exports.”

As a founding member of Nigeria’s fast-growing Agri-Tech start-up, Verdant, and network administrator at Delhi, India-based Network Bulls, Mr. Magaji said he’s had the requisite experience to actualise his bid to harmonise ICT technology and commercial agriculture. He cited his expertise across various InfoTech spectrum, including Networks, Agri-Tech, Machine Learning, Strategic management, New Media, Systems Architecture, Enterprise Resource Planning and Project management

He also commended the leadership of National Information Technology Development Agency under Dr. Isa Ali Pantami for reaching out to him and offering to partner and support his dream of making the start-up a reality. “When the story of my initiative was reported in the media, I received a call from NITDA through the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship. They invited me to their office and we had an extensive discussion around my plans and where they could come in and support,” he said.

“I also met the DG, Dr. Pantami, whom I had followed over the years and quite impressed by the activities of NITDA under him. He has demonstrated keen interest in harnessing the potentials of youths in ICT as a catalyst to nation building,” Mr Magaji said.