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NITDA CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF ESTABLISHMENT

In April 2021, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) celebrated two decades since its creation. The theme of the celebration was tagged CELEBRATING GROWTH AND RESILIENCE.” The 20th anniversary event was organised  by NITDA to mark the milestones, impacts, inspirations of growing Nigeria's digital space over the last two decades.

The mandate of the National Information Technology Development Act (2007) is to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria.

Since its establishment, NITDA has been able to develop, regulate and advise on Information Technology in the Country through regulatory standards, guidelines and policies. Additionally, NITDA is the clearing house for all IT projects and infrastructural development in the country. It is the prime Agency for e-government implementation, Internet governance and general IT development in Nigeria.

During the anniversary lecture, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Abdullahi Kashifu (CCIE) disclosed that the Agency had impacted Nigeria’s Information Technology sector 100% per cent, touched the lives of 2.5million Nigeria and pledged to do more.

As part of the 20th anniversary celebration activities, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, MCPN unveiled a new Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) 2021 to 2024 for the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), to align with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS). The unveiling of the strategy held concurrently with an anniversary lecture.

The SRAP was developed alongside the eight pillars of NDEPS, the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan for the digital economy.

The roadmap has seven pillars which includes development regulation, digital literacy and skills, digital transformation, digital innovation and entrepreneurship, cybersecurity, emerging technologies and promotion of indigenous content.