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The epic second was heralded by jingles within the media and all different avenues of contemporary communication.

The hype was in commemoration of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Nationwide Data Expertise Improvement Company (NITDA). Twenty years of existence because the champion of IT practices, regulation and growth in Nigeria.

In 2001, the contribution of IT sector to the nationwide GDP was lower than 0.5% and right now, in keeping with the Nationwide Bureau of Statistics’ report, ICT leads the business contribution with over N4trn in Q1 2021. That is on account of prompting an enabling ecosystem that’s producing and selling innovation and increasing job creation within the nation.

On Monday April 19th on the Digital Economic system Advanced, the Honourable Minister of Communication and Digital Economic system, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on-behalf of NITDA, launched the anniversary emblem to formally begin the 2-week lengthy celebration actions.

The director basic of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi CCIE in his anniversary opening speech, said that the institution of NITDA offered the chance for digital transformation of Nigeria.

The anniversary lecture delivered by Professor Abdul- Hakeem Ajijola captured the journey to this point for the Company. He went down reminiscence lane, because the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration declared IT a nationwide precedence in mid-1999.

In February 2000, a committee chaired by Mr Tunde Ezichi (Njoku) submitted a proposed draft IT coverage to the HRM Ebitimi Banigo, the minister of the Federal Ministry of Science and Expertise. This led to the manufacturing of the grasp plan for the event of nationwide ICT programme “ICT 2000”.

The Federal Govt Council (FEC) in March 2001 accepted the ultimate draft of the IT coverage. On April 18, 2001 NITDA was established. Subsequently in 2007 the NITDA Act was handed into legislation by the Nationwide Meeting, which additionally established the Nationwide Data Expertise Improvement Fund (NITDEF), managed by NITDA.

Director Generals Of NITDA From Inception

2001-2004: Late Professor Gabriel Olalere Ajayi

2005-2013: Professor Cleopas Officer Angaye

2014-2016: Mr Peter Olu Jack

2016-2019: Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami

2019- Until date Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi

Efforts Of Director Generals

Between 2008 – 2016, a number of committees labored on the overview of the Nationwide IT Coverage however not one of the efforts obtained approval.

Beneath the management of Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) because the director basic of NITDA, the Company was capable of acquire the Worldwide Organisation for Standardisation/Worldwide Electrotechnical Fee (ISO/IEC) 27001 certification. In January 2019, Dr Pantami additionally printed the Nigeria Knowledge Safety Regulation (NDPR), a major regulation for the IT ecosystem.

In pursuit of the actualisation of the Nationwide IT coverage aim to digitise Nigeria, on October 23, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, accepted the redesignation of the Ministry of Communications underneath whose purview NITDA operates to Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economic system (FMoCDE), this was intently adopted by the revealing of the Nationwide Digital Economic system Coverage and Technique (NDEPS) in November 2019, to reinforce the transformation of Nigeria right into a digital financial system.

Mallam Abdullahi, the incumbent director basic of NITDA, has ensured the continual implementation and secured a supplementary regulation to strengthen the NDPR.

Anniversary Actions

The Company with the mandate for a digital Nigeria, organised the Creativity and Innovation Problem to advertise indigenous content material. The occasion occurred on Wednesday 21st April on the Company’s Nationwide Centre for Synthetic Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), in Abuja.

5 startups gained N2 million every rising from 800 contributors that contested from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The winners had been: Nwachinemere Emeka from Ibadan who invented Kitovu Expertise Firm to help farmers, Muhammad Banre from Kaduna who invented Scholar Restricted, a studying app, Jeremiah Kuro from Port Harcourt who invented Bliu-I Automation Restricted, an automative App, Ajiboye Mayowa from Port Harcourt who invented one other studying app, CBTNL.Com and Izu Freeman from Abuja, who invented one other studying App, known as CAPSULE.

The director basic of NITDA attributed the thought of introducing the revolutionary problem as a software for the implementation of the NDEPS pillars specifically: Developmental Regulation; Digital Literacy and Abilities; Smooth Infrastructure; Service Infrastructure; Digital Providers Improvement and Promotion; Smooth Infrastructure; Digital Society and Rising Applied sciences; and Indigenous Content material Promotion and Adoption.

A webinar collection with the theme; Safe e-Authorities, Cyber Danger and Cyber Securities respectively, had been performed in collaboration with Digital Jewels.

On the webinar periods, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami said that e-Authorities can be a blessing to all Nigerians when totally applied, including that President Muhammadu Buhari – led administration, may be very passionate in regards to the implementation of Nationwide e-Authorities grasp plan.

The minister asserted that digital engagements at the moment are formal and institutionalised type of engagements in Nigeria, noting that on the ministerial degree in Nigeria, focus is extra on Nationwide Coverage growth and Coverage supervision.

He defined his efforts in buying the approval for the event of the primary ever NDPR, to offer confidence to the residents to make sure that any information underneath the federal government is secured.

Dr Pantami talked about that collection of eGovernment trainings have been organised the place public and civil servants had been skilled on eGovernment.

Not too long ago, the president had unveiled the Nationwide Cybersecurity Coverage, and consciousness is being created to all residents on how one can cautiously navigate the web, which is a foundational technique for eGovernment.

Nevertheless, it was established by audio system on the webinar that Cybersecurity is recognized as a pillar which may be very important for Digital Economic system and Digital Transformation throughout the authorities.

As a part of the anniversary celebration NITDA additionally unveiled the Company’s Strategic Street Map and Motion Plan 2021-2024(SRAP), a turning level for the Company on digitalisation of Nigeria.

The NITDA DG on the event, famous that the SRAP is anchored on seven strategic pillars specifically: Developmental Laws, Digital Literacy and Abilities, Digital Transformation, Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Cybersecurity, Rising Applied sciences, Promotion of Indigenous Content material.

Some Of NITDA’S Achievements From 12 months 2001-2021 1764 Digital Group Centres established throughout the nation Impacted over 2.5 million Nigerians instantly or not directly by way of developmental interventions (IT trainings, IT infrastructures and instruments). Over 2,686 jobs created by way of licensing of 72 DPCOs.

65 billion naira was saved by way of IT clearance. Established eight IT Hubs throughout six geopolitical zones.