The director-general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, has called on the National Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS) to use their talents to harness the great opportunities using innovation, which will be a huge factor in motivating the younger generation.
Abdullahi made this call while receiving members of the association at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja, saying NITDA as a government apex IT regulatory body saddled with the mandate of developing and regulating the use of IT in Nigeria remained ready to deploy expertise to support any organisation with the zeal to bring ideas that will boost ICT and digital innovation in the country.
He disclosed that NITDA recently unveiled its Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan 2021 – 2024 (SRAP) designed as a template to assist the agency in achieving its target through the execution of the strategic pillars.
He, therefore, urged the association to key into the programmes and initiatives enshrined in the SRAP to actualise its dreams.
“It is a good sign that the computer students are willing to tap into the agency’s collaborative mechanism through innovation and new ways of technology advancement, more especially, as Nigerian youths can utilise the NITDA virtual academy which is currently training youths in various IT courses,” he said.
Represented by the agency’s director, IT infrastructure solutions, Dr. Usman Abdullahi, the NITDA boss assured NACOSS of NITDA’s total commitment towards incorporating the association into the agency’s digital transformation and innovation activities to scale its target and achieve its projects tagged “Campus Ambassadors Programme”. He said NITDA’s management team will respond promptly and support the association.
Earlier in his remarks, the NACOSS national president, Comrade Olaminiki Abolade, said that the visit was to solicit the support of NITDA in actualising the association’s innovation challenge that takes place in all universities across Nigeria.
The NACOSS president described the DG’s encouraging words as a stepping stone towards the actualization of its dreams.
The association also presented the Campus Ambassador’s Programme Award to NITDA.