The Director General of National information technology development Agency (NITDA ) Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi has Reaffirms the Commitnent of the Agency in ensuring that it brings the organization closer to the stakeholders in order to achieve it mandates.
Kashifu Inuwa stated this while declaring open a Stakeholders Engagement Program organized by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with the State Government, Held at Government House Kano.
The Director General who was represented by Director in charge of Zonal structures, Jide Ajayi maintained that the stakeholders Engagement Program was to offer the stakeholders the opportunity to express their views and opinions on matters related to the Agency’s implementation of its mandate.
“Some of the people-oriented programs we have implemented in consultation with stakeholders and under the supervision of out parent Ministry, the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy include, the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA), the National Adopted Village for Smart Education (NAVSE), Digital Literacy Capacity Training for Persons Living with Disabilities, issuance of the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), support for ICT Innovation Hubs, building of Community IT Centres, development of State IT policies and host of other activities.
“However, there is always the need to re-strategize in the face of new challenges and opportunities that the Digital Economy ecosystem provides. Therefore, the NITDA Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP), 2021-2024 has been conceived to provide direction for the organisation and a sound platform for mitigating the foreseen and unforeseen threats to the Digital Economy ecosystem,” Abdullahi however stated.
Earlier the Secretary to the Kano State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji while Declaring the Workshop opened said plans were underway to digitize the state civil service to provide online services to the public.
He said the Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has directed his Senior Special Assistant on ICT and e-Governance in that direction.
The SSG said with the plan, the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) would develop and maintain interactive portal with facilities to provide online services to the public and that which will ensure effective, efficient, transparent and accountable service delivery in the state.
According to him, “The Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi umar Ganduje has directed his Senior Special Assistant on ICT and e-Governance to come up with a comprehensive plan, to propose a policy intervention in the form of a digital service strategy for the entire Civil Service.
“The policy concept rests on a vision, which envisages the development of a sound digital infrastructure that is pivotal to effective, efficient, transparent and accountable service delivery for improved quality of social and economic life for the citizenry.
“In this regard, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) would develop and maintain interactive portal with facilities to provide online services to the public,” he said.
Alhaji further said that the state is working assiduously with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to bring more telecom infrastructure across the state citing instance with the ongoing Data center construction is among others in the state.
“Information Technology, IT is an enabler for all the sectors of the economy and the telecom sector, to a very large extent, is a private sector–led industry, and what government does is to create an enabling environment. We have gotten from the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, the fact that there has been increasing investment in the sector. We are pursuing the use of latest technology at a very affordable cost and improve quality of services.
“This exciting technology drive continues to alter our perspective as we maximize the potentials of the telecoms and ICT, for reversing the recession and the economic growth of Nigeria. That is why this gathering is timely, commendable and of exceptional relevance to all of us seated here today”
The Workshop was attended by Stakeholders from various ministries and Agencies of the State.