Digital Evolution: NITDA, Others To Sustain National Socio-Economic Development

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has entered into a partnership with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), the National Assembly (NASS) and Cyber Future Academy (CFA) to ensure that Nigeria takes advantage of the paradigm shift in the technological advancement of the nation’s development.

The director-general of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, made this disclosure during the Nigeria ICT Week, critically highlighting the nation’s roadmap to digital transformation and achieving national social and economic development.

The event, an initiative of NITDA, NEPC, NASS and CFA which was held in Abuja had the sector’s key players in attendance to share ideas on how to create a viable and comfortable environment for indigenous startups to thrive.

Represented by the agency’s acting director of corporate planning and strategy department, Dr. Aristotle Onumo, Abdullahi stated that the agency has made a strategic decision in joining the global trend and described the event as a platform for sharing the nation’s digital transformation journey.

“This event very much aligns with our mandate at NITDA to develop and transform the digital economy sector of this great nation by setting up the necessary regulatory and governance framework that will stimulate the growth of the digital economy ecosystem,” he noted.

Buttressing his point further, the DG highlighted the agency’s support for indigenous startups which have contributed largely to the $4billion generated by the continent’s tech startups in 2021 alone and caught global attention.

“While we recognise the ocean-boiling strategy through which the digital ecosystem has evolved, the agency has been involved in the catalysing of new approaches towards supporting the emergence of a viable digital ecosystem,” he averred.

Speaking on the agency’s unprecedented achievements, Abdullahi mentioned that the NITDA Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan 2021-2024 (SRAP) has offered a veritable compass for navigating the nation’s volatile, uncertain and dynamic digital industry.

He emphatically stated that the implementation of the SRAP anchored on partnership and stakeholder collaboration which encompasses public, private, indigenous and international has reinvigorated the entire digital ecosystem.

Disclosing some of the agency’s interventions, the NITDA boss stated that six startups have been supported to secure a grant of N300million and entrepreneurial capacities have been built for youths through effective collaborations with NEPC and mass challenge, respectively, just to mention a few.

While giving assurances of growing the nation’s digital tech ecosystem, Abdullahi stated that the agency is committed to making Nigeria a digital talent hub for Africa by leveraging on the various community-based programmes and other strategic initiatives designed to harness raw digital talents and transforming them into productive digital skills.

“As we prepare to enter the final decade of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, we must give priority to embracing the technological innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to address our most pressing developmental challenges,” he concluded.

Earlier in his welcome address, the deputy chairman, House of Representatives Committee on ICT and Digital Economy, Hon. Solomon Adaelu, mentioned that power is a major restricting factor to growth in the country and urged participants to come up with solutions leveraging on the distributed ledger that can provide a transparent, efficient and secure power factor.

“At the legislative level, we will give support to many of these ideas and programmes as they come and I want to encourage all the agencies that are here to continue to partner with these programmes,” he added.

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