NITDA: Nigeria’s Economy Will Undergo  Digital Transition

TECH DIGEST- The only way for Nigeria’s economy to expand is through the continued use of digital technologies. In order to increase productivity and promote good governance, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has emphasized that traditional processes must make way for digital ones.

Speaking at a recent 4-Day Capacity Building Program on e-Government and Digital Transformation for permanent secretaries and directors in Kano state, Abdullahi said the agency’s training is designed to increase civil servants’ digital proficiency because they are essential to carrying out government policies and programs. He asserts that the federal government has remained committed to digitalizing its operations and that all ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs), whether at the state or federal level, are essential to the realization of its digital transformation agenda.

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“To institutionalize the digitalization programs in MDAs, NITDA structured its Strategic Roadmap and Action plan (SRAP 2021-2024) towards the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS). We have the Digital Literacy and Skills as a strategic pillar to complement the National Digital Literacy Framework in achieving President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s target of 95% digital literacy by 2030,” said Abdullahi who was represented by NITDA’s Ag. Director, Digital Literacy and Capacity Building Department, Dr. Amina Sambo Magaji.

“We have supported so many state governments with digital tools and training, we are already collaborating and will always be willing to partner with stakeholders to support our e-Government Transformation, Digital Economy, Diversification and Sustainability Plan for the country”, he added.

He urged attendees to assist in ensuring that other civil officials in their respective MDAs receive the knowledge they learned at the end of the programme, while also reiterating NITDA’s commitment to reaching 95% national digital literacy by 2030.

Given the world’s rapid shift from analogue to digital, Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje described the seminar as timely.

According to Ganduje, “upskilling Permanent Secretaries will enable Kano State catch up with the rest of the world in the areas of digitalization, technological adaptation, and digital transformation programmes in the workplace.” Alhaji Usman Bala Mohammed, his chief of staff and head of service, acted as his representative.