The rebranding of the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) by its management encompasses the digital economy drive of the Nigerian Government.
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, who applauded the team of NITDA management shortly before unveiling the new logo of NITDA today, at the corporate headquarter of the Agency in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city said that the reason behind changing the agency’s logo is that the world’s IT has changed from ICT to digital economy.
Pantami commissioned the Integrated Computer Emergency Response and Readiness Centre, which he said is aimed at enhancing the security of Nigeria’s Cyberspace.
“The Computer Emergency Response and Readiness Centre is in alignment with the key priority area of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari administration aimed at enhancing the security of the Nation”, he said.
Also Commissioned are the newly completed Digital Centre, remodeled NITDA Office Building, Abuja; Digital Studio for Virtual Learning; Integrated Computer Emergency Response and Readiness Centre along aside the Agency’s New Logo, Vision and Mission Statement; and Digital Conferencing Facilities in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria.
Pantami said that the NITDA’s reviewed core values, vision and mission statements are in alignment with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria.
In his welcome address, the Director General of NITDA, Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi disclosed that the Minister conceptualised all the projects that were commissioned during his tenure as the Director General of the Agency stressing that “your appointment as our supervisory minister gives us courage and energy to accelerate the execution and completion of the project within a year.”
He stated that the projects are in line with the Agency’s vision and direction towards facilitating effective service delivery, exclusively in line with the nation’s current drive towards a digital economy.
While recalling the essence of renaming the ministry, he said: “The policy expanded NITDA’s mandate and made it compulsory to rebrand in line with the new policy. The new brand is a paradigm shift from IT-centric to digital-centric NITDA, which includes a new logo, new vision, new mission, and new core values.
“The brand intent is to be a game-changer in our culture, mindset, and public perception of the Agency. For us to implement National Digital Economy Policy, we need to be digital and smart Agency.”
According to Abdullahi, NITDA will sooner than later begin to witness beehives of innovation and technological activities and hence Africa’s largest ICT Hub.
While appreciating the efforts of his team’s commitment to implementing the National Digital Economy Policy for Digital Nigeria, he stated that despite COVID-19 crisis, the NITDA management team and the entire NITDA family worked around the clock to make sure they implement groundbreaking initiatives under lockdown.
Isaiah Erhiawarien, Lagos, Nigeria.