Kashifu Inuwa, Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has reiterated the Agency’s commitment to train and re-train Nigeria Police Force officers through collaboration in order to have a digitally literate workforce.
Mr. Babajide Ajayi, Director, Zonal Office Directorate, represented Inuwa at the opening ceremony of a five-day capacity-building programme for officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Gombe State Command, Gombe State.
He stated that the Nigeria Police Force is one of the most important security arms of government that requires the Agency’s collaboration to achieve a collective mandate for the country’s growth and development.
Inuwa noted that emerging technologies are changing the way businesses operate around the world, making them more digital and competitive, paving the way for the fourth industrial revolution.
He described the changes as unavoidable and stated that they have transformed several government sectors, including security formation, to adapt the use of Information Technology (IT) and network infrastructure in its operations and correspondences, making work faster and saving the government money.
Inuwa explained NITDA’s role in ensuring that Nigeria becomes a digital country, stating that the Agency’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP 2021—2024), which has seven pillars, was crafted in accordance with the Federal Government of Nigeria’s current aspirations, and each pillar has a defining goal to be achieved by the year 2024.
The pillars, according to Inuwa, are Developmental Regulation; Digital Literacy and Skills; Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Indigenous Content Promotion; Digital Transformation; Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies.
Inuwa stated that “the training and re-training of the Nigeria Police Force personnel is a priority of NITDA, and we will be delighted and elated to partner with the Force as they advance into having a digitally literate workforce that can use the computer for promotion and examination.”
Inuwa praised the Nigeria Police Force for their unwavering efforts to protect lives and property, provide security advice, and combat criminal activity across the country in order to improve citizens’ lives.
The Commissioner of Police, Gombe State Command, Ishola Babaita, represented by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kabir Abdu, stated during his remarks that the program is a good initiative by NITDA that will help in promotional examinations of officers, thus changing the Force operations.
He urged participants to be focused by putting everything they learned from the training into practice, which will change the operations of the Nigeria Police Force.
He praised NITDA for its various interventions, programs, and projects across the country, stating that they are yielding positive results and that such a high tempo should be maintained in order to deepen information technology across the country.