Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director General/CEO, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has averred that the new IT policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria will aid the country to overcome the impact of COVID-19. He said the initiatives will reposition the ICT sector to play a critical role in the diversification of the nation’s economy.

Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi stated this on the 5th June 2020, when he played host to the Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Major General, Jamilu Sarharm, and the Management Team of the Academy who were at the Agency to seek collaboration and support. The courtesy visit to the NITDA was to seek collaboration in various areas notably in the area of ICT intervention for the Academy.

Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi said that the unveiling of Digital Economy Strategies and Planning and the Digital Nigeria project which focuses on digital capacity building and digital literacy would go a long way in reshaping our Economy in the post-pandemic era.

Mallam Abdullahi spoke of the need for people to acquire the requisite skills needed for the digital economy. He said NITDA is focussed on capacity building and collaborates with Nigerian universities to produce the right skills needed for the digital world. He said the idea is for the corporate bodies to work with the Universities to produce the right skills needed for the digital economy.

Mallam Abdullahi stated that he understood NDA needs assistance with e-learning, capacity building and ICT Infrastructure. Whilst responding to the Management Team of NDA, the DG NITDA assured that special consideration would be given to the requests of NDA in the year 2021.

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