NITDA Director-General Urges Extensive ICT Investment to Ensure Inclusive Digital Access

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The Director General of NITDA Kashifu Inuwa presenting the agency’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan 2.0 (SRAP 2024 – 2027) to the Principal ICT & Innovation Expert, African Development Bank, Ms Edosio Uyoyo at the corporate headquarters of the Agency in Abuja.

 

Kashifu Inuwa, the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), CCIE, has advocated for significant investments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to advance the nation’s digital infrastructure and services. In a meeting held at NITDA’s headquarters in Abuja with a delegation from the African Development Bank (AfDB), including Ms. Edosio Uyoyo and Traore Toho Syevie, Inuwa underscored the pivotal role of ICT in national development.

During the meeting, the AfDB delegation briefed Inuwa on their ongoing initiatives, sparking discussions on ICT’s contribution to developmental agendas. Inuwa highlighted ICT’s capacity to generate opportunities, improve service delivery, foster employment, enhance security, and revolutionize traditional methodologies.

In line with NITDA’s commitment to advancing digital inclusivity, Inuwa outlined plans to expand Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) and devise customized approaches to meet the nation’s needs, ensuring efficient digital services nationwide. He also shed light on NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP 2024-2027) 2.0, structured around eight pillars aimed at fostering digital literacy, nurturing talent, bolstering technology research, strengthening policy frameworks, promoting digital access, enhancing cybersecurity, fostering innovation, and cultivating partnerships, all in alignment with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration’s agenda to accelerate diversification through industrialization, digitization, and innovation.

Ms. Edosio Uyoyo, the Principal ICT and Innovation Expert from AfDB, commended NITDA’s initiatives and programs nationwide, recognizing their transformative impact on operational efficiency and service delivery. She also highlighted the need for completion reports to guide future initiatives from 2025 to 2029, reflecting the bank’s ongoing commitment to supporting ICT-driven development agendas.

“We are here for the completion reports to guide us towards planning for the next initiative of a four-year plan from 2025-2029. We want to know and understand key areas you are focusing on and we need the bank to prioritise support in order to meet up with ambitious targets at the end of the project time frame” she said.


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