Saturday, September 25, 2021

NBC Seeks NITDA’s Support On Capacity Building

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L-R: The director-general, National Information Technology Development Agency, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi presenting a copy of the agency’s Strategic Road Map and Action Plan to the director-general, National Broadcasting Commission, Mallam Balarabe Ilelah when the latter paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has sought the support of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in digitization of its processes to enhance the use of modern digital technology equipment in monitoring media stations.

The NBC director-general, Mallam Balarabe Ilelah made this open when he paid a courtesy call on the NITDA director-general, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

He said the visit was to create mutual understanding and to further intimate NITDA management of his commission’s statutory functions, even as he sought for support and stronger collaboration with NITDA on the use of ICT and modern technology in digital switch over (DSO) that takes place in every state of the federation.

In his response, Abdullahi assured the commission of NITDA’s total commitment towards realising its vision of embracing digital technologies in its processes, adding NITDA as a government IT regulatory body saddled with the mandate of developing and regulating the use of IT in the country, deploys its expertise to support any organization with zeal to upgrade to modern technology.

He gave assurance of NITDA’s commitment to incorporating NBC into its digital transformation working group (DTWG) to facilitate capacity building for their personnel and bring them up to speed on ways of having full grasp of the process, when and how to deploy and apply the technology appropriately.

Abdullahi disclosed that NITDA recently unveiled its Strategic Road Map and Action Plan 2021-2024 (SRAP) and urged the NBC to key into the programme and activities being provided by the agency.

“The SRAP is designed as a template or map to assist the agency in achieving its target plans through the execution of the strategic pillars, and I am optimistic that our collaboration will uplift the actualization of the mandates such as digital skills and innovation among others.

He further advised the NBC to come up with a strategy to develop their idea into reality more especially in the area of content regulations.

On digital booster and coverage, the DG said NITDA’s technical team would respond promptly and make the two agencies collaborate and create vision for NBC’s digital strategy.

The high point of the occasion was a tour of NITDA’s digital building where Abdullahi showed the NBC boss the latest and modern equipment for tracking and curbing possible attacks on Nigeria’s cyberspace.

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