Digital Literacy: NITDA, Meta Collaborate to Achieve 95% Target by 2030

TECHDIGEST – Global tech conglomerate, Facebook/Meta, has unveiled plans to collaborate with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), towards moving Nigeria’s ICT sector forward.

This was made known when a team from the American tech company visited the corporate headquarters of NITDA to discuss many areas of mutual interests, especially the regulation of social media.

The Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa noted that the collaborative effort between NITDA and Meta is apt, given the continued circulation of Fake News and misinformation on social media, which poses a threat to the nation’s stability.

“How can we make it better? To make sure that the menace of Fake News is reduced to the barest minimum. Many people do not read their messages, talk more about verifying their authenticity. Therefore, adopting a Simpler Verification Mechanism will reduce the spread of unsubstantiated news,” he said.

Kashifu solicited the support of the company towards the realization of 95 percent Digital Literacy by 2030, saying, “We cannot do it alone; we have an ambitious target where we need partners like you to achieve that’’.

Earlier, the leader of the team, Adaora Ikenze, and Head of Public Policy (West Africa) Meta explained that Meta’s visit to the agency is the beginning of a more cooperative and collaborative relationship.

“We recognize the importance of this Agency, and as the catalyst for the sector and economic development in Nigeria. We are fortunate enough to be one of the more supportive platforms in the country. We understand the importance and value that our platforms and products bring to the country; by that, we would like to have a more open collaborative relationship with our regulators,” she added.

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