Mallam Kashifu-Inuwa-Abdullahi, DG, National Information Technology And Development Agency, NITDA
Mallam Kashifu-Inuwa-Abdullahi, DG, National Information Technology And Development Agency, NITDA

NITDA Will Sustain Digital Innovation to Enhance Education Sector – Kashifu

TECHDIGEST – The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has assured of its continued support and collaboration with higher institutions of learning to boost Nigeria’s education sector.

It noted that constant investment in digital innovation would also engender sustainable economic growth across all sectors.

Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa stated this when the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration, Federal University  Dutsin Ma, Katsina State, Professor Mary Agbo, visited him on Thursday, in Abuja.

Inuwa, represented by the Director, IT Infrastructure Solutions, Dr. Abdullahi Gambo Usman, said, “the Agency will continue to interact and listen to active and vibrant higher institutions of learning with a view of discussing the challenges facing them, especially in the area of IT and Innovation.

“As the prime Agency for e-government implementation, internet governance, and overall IT development in Nigeria, NITDA is poised to actualize its mandate by providing a flourishing atmosphere in Digital space,’’ he said.

Inuwa said it is important to explore the benefits of innovation and creativity in order to bring about a functional education system for the country.

He harped on the need for mutual understanding between stakeholders and the Agency in developing Standards, Capacity building, Research, and Development.

The DG added that the IT sector played a pivotal role in getting the country’s economy out of recession, and recorded the highest growth rate in Q1 of 2020 as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

He maintained that the positive growth of IT in Nigeria, being the only double digits growth rate sector, which made it to lead in the year 2020 and Q1 of 2021, is what prompted the need to provide support and guidelines in all sectors of development and innovation to Nigerian.

Responding to the request from the visiting university, as outlined by the DVC, especially in the area of security challenges in the visualization of the Optic Fiber Cable that links the 2 campuses which were donated to the university by Prof. Pantami through the NCC.

The DG recommended some technologies that can be deployed to ensure security which includes ‘autonomous drones’ that can cut back human involvement in these often-dangerous situations. It can also help cut costs while bolstering safety at the same time.

“By using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to interpret satellite images, NITDA experts have long been able to tap into satellite images to help in preventive and response efforts,” he said.

Stating further that with the availability and quality of these images, they increasingly offer an even more valuable resource for security.

He explained that “NITDA always emphasizes on how important it is to know how to use modern technology, not just as an enabler but as a strategic design for your strategy in general which will inspire you to do more.”

Inuwa noted that the Agency’s focus is improving how things are being done using technology and innovation by creating an enabling environment and innovation ecosystem that will allow all universities to key in.

The DVC Administration, Federal University Dutsin Ma, Prof. Mary Agbo, in her remarks, noted that the university appreciated the kind gesture and laudable project from the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy for the giant projects executed in the university.

Prof Agbo also appreciated and solicited further support from NITDA in capacity building and training for staff of the CBT centre of the University.

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