Wednesday, June 7, 2023

NITDA, Grassroot Stakeholders, Deepen Collaborations, Share Ideas On Bridging Digital Divide

NITDA Oyo State
A cross section of stakeholders during the engagement programme in Oyo State.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has engaged Information technology stakeholders to identify challenges in the state’s ICT ecosystem, co-create solutions through shared knowledge and expertise as well as extend NITDA’s services to grassroots stakeholders.

In his remarks at the opening ceremony of a one-day stakeholder engagement programme themed “Creating Opportunities, Breaking Boundaries: Towards Digitalisation and Entrepreneurial Evolution” in Oyo State, he emphasised that delivering value to the agency’s stakeholders is a prioritised objective of the agency.

Represented by the agency’s director, zonal offices directorate, Mr. Babajide Ajayi, Abdullahi hinted that the quest in delivering excellent customer services has continually driven the agency in developing strategies and initiatives that will boost digital inclusion in the country.

Highlighting some of the people-oriented programmes that have been implemented in consultation with stakeholders, Abdullahi disclosed that the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA), the National Adopted School for Smart Education (NASSE), Digital Literacy Capacity Training for Persons Living with Disabilities, ICT Innovation Hubs and a host of other activities have had a direct impact on the citizens of the country.

“As the needs of the digital economy ecosystem grow, the agency has striven to respond appropriately. This has been demonstrated in the strategic actions the NITDA has taken in the implementation of critical areas of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy,” he stated

He maintained that through the constant reset and invigoration of the agency’s vision and mission, it has evolved from a highly centralised organisation to a functionally decentralised one with the foundational aspiration of always being close to its stakeholders.

While giving assurances that the stakeholder engagement programme which has been done in some states would be extended to other states nationwide, Abdullahi expressed his optimism that the programme would birth fresh understandings of how to deliver more impactful values to Nigerians.

He further stated: “The objectives of the programme are to offer stakeholders the opportunity to express their views on matters related to the agency’s implementation of its mandate, establish sustainable collaborations and consistent channels for feedback and share with stakeholders our vision, regulatory instruments for national development and our journey so far.”

Giving his keynote address, the special adviser to the executive governor of Oyo State on ICT and e-governance, Mr. Adebayo Akande appreciated NITDA for putting together the stakeholder engagement programme.

He described the initiative as invaluable and expressed his conviction that the programme would enable stakeholders to share ideas rather than work in silos.

Acknowledging the several policies, regulations and frameworks rolled out by NITDA in the last few years, Mr. Akande stated that the Oyo State Strategic Roadmap follows the same pattern as NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP).

Stressing the importance of collaborations, especially between the federal and state governments, he gave assurances of the state’s support to the agency always.

The director-general of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, Seye Oluseye, in his goodwill message, appreciated NITDA for bringing the initiative down to the grassroots.

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