Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi’s one yr because the Director-Basic of the Nationwide Info Expertise Growth Company (NITDA’s) has witnessed a lot developments.
Abdullahi whose appointment in August 2019 met a whole lot of criticisms in August, has been capable of present in lower than one yr that he’s the precise man for the roles and a stooge to no one.
Right here the colourful DG speaks on his one yr in workplace and stating that the nation has taken the precise path in its digital financial system drive.
On information safety, Kashifu mentioned NITDA underneath him had issued supplementary regulation according to the Nationwide Digital Economic system Coverage to strengthen the Nigeria Knowledge Safety Regulation (NDPR), and improve information safety and security for all Nigerians.
“We’ve additionally inaugurated the Knowledge Breach Investigation Crew in collaboration with the workplace of the Inspector Basic of Police (IGP).
“This has allowed us to trace and report information infraction instances to Police. To this point this yr, now we have resolved over 790 information regulation points”, he mentioned.
He additionally mentioned NITDA’s revolutionary method of implementing the information safety regulation underneath him has resulted within the creation of greater than 2700 jobs and information safety business price greater than N2.5billion inside a yr.
On NITDA’s interventions throughout the pandemic
“Our actions at NITDA are to enrich the efforts of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system, Dr Pantami, in advancing digital expertise and rising Nigeria’s digital financial system,” he mentioned.
“We arrange 80 digital capability coaching centres throughout all geopolitical zones inside only a yr.
“NITDA additionally arrange three IT hubs, 4 innovation and incubation parks, six IT group centres and three IT capacity-building centres in increased establishments of studying in addition to in unserved and underserved communities throughout the nation”, the DG said.
Based on him, NITDA underneath him has additionally held capability constructing programmes for over 650 artisans throughout 4 geo-political zones, and 200 IT centres managers throughout the nation to be in tune with the digital financial system coverage and technique of this authorities.
He mentioned NITDA additionally holds periodic innovation contests similar to Future-Hack, the place contributors obtain funding and mentorship to develop marketable services.
“Since assuming workplace, I’ve given prize cash to many winners and hand-hold them to show their concepts into services.
“It’s price noting once more that now we have carried out entrepreneurship coaching on ICT for 200 girls, at completely different instances, the place they have been supplied with laptops pre-installed with the requisite e-resources as help for his or her start-ups. This has created greater than 500 jobs”, he mentioned.
How NITDA helps Nigerian youths in ICT
Kashifu mentioned NITDA tracks and has been sustaining relationship with tech entrepreneurs.
“To this point now we have supported 246 start-ups.
“Equally, 125 IT hubs and ecosystems builders have obtained help via Nigeria ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Imaginative and prescient (NIIEV)”.
He added that NITDA’s programmes over the previous 12 months have resulted within the employment of about 30,000 youths, “and we hope to liaise with all companions in creating alternatives for Nigerians, particularly now that the pandemic has disrupted international financial system. “
NITDA’s methods for the tech sector post-pandemic
On account of the closure of colleges in response to the pandemic, the company underneath him launched the NITDA Academy.
The goal of this initiative, he mentioned, was large coaching of Nigerian residents who have been prevented by the pandemic from their regular each day actions.
“Our rescue effort in rising Nigerian digital financial system post-pandemic is a strategic plan developed by our Tech4Covid-19 Committee to help about 100,000 ICT jobs and create an extra 30,000 jobs via time.
“The implementation is at present in progress”, he mentioned.
NITDA, he mentioned, had additionally arrange a Digital Startup Clinic, principally for younger folks to fulfill with mentors, profitable entrepreneurs, buyers, business specialists, enterprise consultants and hub operators to unravel issues and challenges they have been dealing with throughout the pandemic.
Digital expertise and agriculture
He mentioned the federal government has put in place the Nationwide Adopted Village for Good Agriculture (NAVSA) initiative, which has resulted within the empowerment of 145 farmers to make the most of digital, good and precision expertise to enhance farm yield.
The Nationwide Adopted Village for Good Agriculture (NAVSA) initiative was designed by the Minister of Communication and Digital Economic system to take small scale farmers to industrial degree utilizing a performance-based strategy, he mentioned.
He mentioned the beneficiary farmers underneath NAVSA programme are anticipated to construct sustainable and digital enterprise fashions that ought to create not lower than six million jobs within the subsequent 10 years.
On on-line schooling
The NITDA boss revealed that the company has launched into Huge On-line Open Programs initiative for Nigeria’s tertiary establishments.
He mentioned the outbreak of coronavirus is a problem to prioritize e-learning within the nation.
“We’ve capability constructing outreach programmes prolonged to non-public and public establishments for lecturers, librarians, researchers, college students at our tertiary establishments, officers of the Nigeria Police Pressure, journalists, NYSC members, and undergraduate on SIWES.
“To this point now we have delivered digital expertise and literacy to over 25,000 Nigerians in 2020, regardless of the pandemic.
“We distributed over 2000 laptops in driving this laptop literacy, and have tracked 6386 new jobs and roles created via our interventions’’, he mentioned.
On way forward for digital expertise in Nigeria
Thankfully, he mentioned, the ICT sector accounted for 17.83% of Nigeria’s GDP, “we’re at the least focusing on 5 per cent quarterly enhance on each achievement within the years forward.’’
He mentioned NITDA’s projections are to drive Nigeria in direction of a digital world.
“We’re at present exploring the use and adoption of Blockchain Expertise, Synthetic Intelligence (AI) and information exploration framework and technique for adoption into the digital financial system imaginative and prescient of President Muhammadu Buhari’’, he mentioned.