Lord Dollar Popat, a member of the UK House of Lords and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda, has bestowed the African Leadership Organisation’s prestigious Special African Leadership Commendation Award on Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
The award recognizes his wise leadership style and unprecedented achievements in implementing the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for Digital Nigeria.
The Summit was held on Monday at the House of Lords in London, UK.
Inuwa received the award in recognition of his exceptional leadership achievements and contributions to the Nigerian economy, contributions to the growth of the Nigerian Information Technology (IT) sector and digital economy, and role in the unprecedented achievements recorded in the implementation of NDEPS.
The NITDA CEO, who was represented by Dr Usman Gambo Abdullahi, Director, IT Infrastructure Solutions, expressed his delight at receiving the award in his acceptance speech.
Inuwa stated that the award would motivate him to do more because it provides a higher level of motivation, which could have a significant impact on the Agency, the IT sector, and society.
He added that the award is unique and historic in that it is presented in the UK House of Lords, the world’s oldest house of Parliament and one of Britain’s most important institutions.
Leading African policy and business leaders, development finance players, professionals, and academics attended the event.
In attendance were UK Ministers including the Honourable Vicky Ford, Minister for Africa; Honourable Renganden Padayachy, Minister of Finance; Economic Planning and Development, Mauritius, Dr. Akindele Akintoye; Chairman, Platform Capital Nigeria, Dr. Emmanuel Nwogbo; Group Managing Director, Alfa Centauri West Africa Limited, Nigeria; Dr. Ifie Sekibo, CEO Heritage Bank, Nigeria; Ruth Zaipuna, Chief Executive Officer; NMB Bank, Tanzania, Carlos Moore; President, National Bar Association, USA, and Sam Matekane; Group Chairman, Matekane Group of Companies; and Presidential Candidate of Lesotho’s Revolution for Prosperity (RFP) Party.