NITDA Partners with IFC to Spearhead Digital Transformation
By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is poised to collaborate with the International Financial Corporation (IFC) in a groundbreaking venture to develop robust regulatory frameworks aimed at implementing government policies geared towards the digital transformation of Nigeria and fostering a vibrant digital economy.
The announcement came from the NITDA Director General, Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE, during a meeting with a delegation from the IFC, led by the corporation’s Senior Economist, Nadege D. Yameogo, PhD, at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja.
Inuwa highlighted that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has charged the Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy with enhancing productivity through technological innovation to diversify the nation’s economy. He unveiled a strategic plan with five pillars: Knowledge, Policies, Infrastructure, Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Capital, and Trade.
The NITDA Director emphasized the foundational role of knowledge in building a sustainable economy, underscoring the need for an environment fostering innovation and entrepreneurship on a global scale.
“As we invest in infrastructure, it will enable the trade of ‘made in Nigeria’ products and services, leveraging our greatest resource—our talent,” he reiterated.
Inuwa revealed that the agency is re-crafting its Strategic Roadmap & Action Plan (SRAP) policy document to align with the Ministry’s strategy for accelerating the nation’s collective prosperity through technical efficiency.
Expressing enthusiasm for stakeholder engagement, Inuwa outlined the aim to co-design the document to ensure collaborative strategy creation and implementation within the ecosystem.
The NITDA DG noted the eight pillars of the forthcoming SRAP, with the first pillar focusing on fostering digital literacy and cultivating talent.
He expressed optimism that harnessing the country’s youthful population could position Nigeria as a global service provider.
Emphasizing the importance of deep research in technology, Inuwa highlighted pillars focusing on strengthening policy implementation, building a robust technology research ecosystem, promoting inclusive access to digital infrastructure, and enhancing cybersecurity and digital trust.
Nadege D. Yameogo, in her remarks, expressed excitement about collaborating with NITDA to promote and sustain the country’s digital economy.
She underscored the transformative impact of the digital economy on job creation, regional development, private investment, and attracting foreign capital, particularly in areas such as Agri-tech, Creative tech, and Health care tech.