NITDA Expands Digital Technologies to Grassroots Communities

NITDA Expands Digital Technologies to Grassroots Communities

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is intensifying efforts to transform Nigeria into a global hub of technology and innovation by extending digital technology benefits to all local governments across the country. This initiative aligns with the current administration’s priority to reform the economy and promote inclusive growth.

According to a press statement issued by Hajia Hadiza Umar, Head of Corporate Affairs & External Relations at NITDA, the Director-General, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, emphasized this mission during a meeting with the Senior Special Advisers to the President on Community Engagement from various regions. The meeting was held to explore potential collaborations for advancing Nigeria’s digital transformation.

Mallam Abdullahi underscored that the agency’s vision of fostering inclusive economic growth through technological innovation is in harmony with President Bola Tinubu’s eight priority areas, which include economic reform, national security, agricultural enhancement, infrastructure development, education, health, social investment, and digital diversification.

He highlighted NITDA’s recently developed Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP 2.0) for 2024-2027, which is designed to help achieve the president’s goals. A key component of this roadmap is promoting digital literacy with an ambitious target of achieving 95 percent digital literacy by 2030 and a mid-term target of 70 percent by 2027.

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To achieve these goals, NITDA is working with the Ministry of Education to integrate digital literacy into academic curricula and has established standardized training and certifications necessary for government employment. The agency is also leveraging various channels, such as TV programs, social media, radio, and roadshows, to deliver digital literacy to market people, artisans, and other citizens.

Additionally, the 3 Million Tech Talent program, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, aims to address skill gaps and build the capacities of Nigerian youth. The program has already trained over 30,000 individuals in its pilot phase and is now moving into its second phase.

Mallam Abdullahi also outlined other strategic pillars of NITDA’s roadmap, including building a robust technology research ecosystem, strengthening policy implementation, promoting inclusive access to digital infrastructure, enhancing cybersecurity, nurturing an innovative ecosystem, forging strategic partnerships, and cultivating an agile workforce.

Hon. Abdallah Tanko Yakassai, one of the Senior Special Advisers, praised NITDA’s efforts and expressed his team’s readiness to collaborate in promoting the agency’s initiatives to the grassroots level across Nigeria’s 774 local governments. He emphasized the importance of ensuring that government programs reach and benefit the grassroots, reflecting President Tinubu’s commitment to inclusive development.

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