The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has continued to demonstrate its commitment to the sustainability of a digitally transformed Nigeria by engaging the workforce of various Federal Public Institutions (FPIs) in capacity development programs to bring a digitally stunning federal public service to fruition to create a digital Nigeria.
This was announced at the closing ceremony of a capacity-building program organized by NITDA for 100 participants from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), military and paramilitary agencies, who were trained in digital literacy and skills, cybersecurity fundamentals and cloud computing.
Kashifu Inuwa, the NITDA Director-General of NITDA, delivered his closing remarks at the event, expressing his delight in actively participating and contributing to the teaching activities throughout the program and urging them to be good ambassadors of the knowledge gained in their various fields be organizations.
The DG, led by Dr. Usman Abdullahi, the director of the Information Technology Infrastructure Solutions Agency, explained that the current government of President Muhammadu Buhari has developed initiatives through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to ensure that the country’s digital transformation is achieved.
Echoing the agency’s ambitious goal of achieving 95% digital literacy by 2030, the DG said digital literacy and literacy is a key pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDPES) strategic document, published in 2019 by Mr President was released.
He said: “For Nigeria to reach 95% digital literacy by 2030, we need your concerted effort to ensure that the NDEPS serves as a guide and guide in all our processes across our various workplaces.”
Regarding NITDA’s efforts to implement NDEPS, Inuwa explained that the agency has developed its document “Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) 2021-2024” in which digital literacy and skills, cybersecurity and new technologies are part of the seven pillars be that they have anchored.
“The pillars include Digital Literacy & Skill, Cybersecurity and you have been trained in Cybersecurity Essentials. Another pillar is new technologies and you have been trained in cloud computing. There are 7 pillars in total, and each pillar is key in our journey towards realizing the digital economy,” he noted.
While Inuwa emphasized the agency’s commitment to implementing and complementing the efforts of the Department of Communications and Digital Economy through the development of SRAP, Inuwa emphasized that the agency is focused on building people’s skills and capacities, which is essential for digital transformation of vital importance was nation.
He added that NITDA has established Digital Transformation Technical Working Groups (DTTWG) in 200 MDAs across the country with the aim of advancing the digital transformation agenda and upgrading their processes for the benefit of all Nigerians.
“The importance of this program cannot be overstated and now that you have been taught the expectation is that you will return to your various organizations and implement everything you have been taught,” he concluded.
dr For her part, Amina Sambo-Magaji, Acting Director of the Department of Digital Literacy and Capacity Development, paid tribute to Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) for starting the journey and thanked DG NITDA for creating the enabling environment in making the program a success.
She congratulated all participants and urged them to be ambassadors of the program by implementing everything they learned and sharing the program with their peers so that all citizenry can reap the benefits of digital technology.