The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has assured the ICT stakeholders in kwara State, Southwest Nigeria of its desire to build a robust network for a digital economy development in that part of the country.
The assurance was made by the Director General of NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa at an organised ICT Stakeholders’ Engagement programme to give stakeholders an opportunity to express their views and opinions on matters related to the Agency’s implementation of its mandate.
According to Inuwa, the Stakeholders’ Engagement is a veritable platform to pool knowledge, experience, and expertise, and to co-create solutions, articulate strategies, and extend our services to all stakeholders, especially at the grassroots.
Inuwa who was represented by the Director, Zonal Offices Directorate, Mr Babajide Ajayi, said: “Throughout the twenty-one-year journey of the Agency, we have had to look continuously at our mandate, reset our vision, and invigorate our mission. We have moved from being a highly centralised organisation to a functionally decentralised Institution. Our aspiration is to be an organisation closer to the stakeholders.”
Giving insights into its mandate, Inuwa stated that NITDA is increasingly becoming a process-driven, data-dependent, and results-oriented organization adding, “our strategies and choices are pursued while always ensuring financial prudence-even in the most turbulent times and ensuring that we meet the objectives of a national IT Governance, foremost of which is delivering value to our stakeholders.”
He also assured the stakeholders that NITDA’s stakeholders come first, saying that it would strive to deliver value but that that would not be possible without listening to them, hence the need for the meeting.
The Commissioner for Business Innovation and Technology, in the State, Mr Ibrahim Ajake in his remark stated that the role of digital platform in entrepreneurship evolution cannot be over-emphasised adding that digitalisation changes the economics of doing business across border, bringing down the cost of international interaction and transaction.
“I am confident that the stakeholder’s engagement meeting will be of immense value to the ICT inclined public and keep abreast with necessary opportunity to enhance market access in order to tap into the foreign exchange earnings,” he noted.