The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has pledged its support and commitment to the Committee of e-Business Industry Heads (CeBIH) in achieving a digital Nigeria.
This, it added, was in keeping with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy’s execution (NDEPS).
Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, the director-general of NITDA, offered the promise when he met with a delegation from CeBIH, led by their chairman, Mr Adeyemi Atanda, on a familiarization visit to NITDA’s corporate offices in Abuja recently.
Abdullahi said: “Collaboration with CeBIH is critical, we cannot do it alone, our mandate is so huge, so we are glad to partner with you to deliver service to Nigerians”.
Broadband penetration, digital identification, and the payment system are three factors that drive the digital economy, according to him. He explained that using digital devices to conduct financial transactions reduces stress at work and home, increases productivity and allows people to make the most of their time and energy.
He went on to say that NITDA is now working with Microsoft, Cisco Systems Inc., Mass Challenge, as well as other private companies and government agencies such as NNPC, CBN, and others, to achieve 95 per cent digital literacy by 2030.
While praising the CeBIH for its determination to collaborate with NITDA, Abdullahi advised the team to adopt some of NITDA’s working models.
While praising NITDA’s innovative contributions to the digital economy, Chairman Committee, eBusiness Industry Heads, Mr Adeyemi Atanda, identified key areas for collaboration on STEM boot camp program as facilitators to help enrich the curriculum, capacity building, cyber security, and being on board the stakeholder’s forum on the redraft of the NITDA Act Bill.
“We want these innovations to have a direct influence on the Nigerian economy,” he said, adding that innovation is the underpinning for everything done in the financial sector.