Digital Inclusion: NITDA Proposes Innovation Challenge for PWDs

TECHDIGEST – The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has reaffirmed its readiness to organize innovation challenge for people to generate ideas towards creation of applications that will enrich the wellbeing of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, Director-General of NITDA, stated this when the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, NCPWD, James Lalu, and his team visited him at the Agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

Abdullahi pledged that the Agency will continue to provide digital literacy and skills to PWDs, to ensure the implementation of equal opportunities and promotion of digital inclusion.

He noted that the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders, especially NCPWD, would help to speed up the campaign of promoting digital inclusion for vulnerable members of the society.

“Building a digitally inclusive community requires participation and support from all stakeholders, and partnership with the NCPWD would accelerate the campaign of promoting digital inclusion. We can work together to design special initiatives that would expand the impact of the two organizations.”

“We can organize a challenge where people would come up with ideas to create a disability-friendly application. It would be an enabler that could assist in optimizing the best technology to meet identified objectives.”

“Your commission can work towards building a special IT hub while NITDA provides the technical know-how and necessary tools,” Abdullahi added.

The NITDA DG informed the visiting team that the Agency has opened a link where PLWDs in South-South Zone can register for a five-day empowerment program on digital skills and entrepreneurship to hold in Port Harcourt from the 24th till 28th January 2022.

Responding, the Executive Secretary, James Lalu, while commending NITDA for its efforts in promoting digital inclusion among PWDs, also solicited for extension of training periods, curriculum, and the need for experts and training facilitators at the eLearning Training Centre to work in collaboration with the aim of developing a robust website.

The meeting agreed on setting up a team comprising staff of both organizations to work out modalities and possible areas of collaboration.

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