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Digital Economy: Nigeria thriving on innovation, inclusive growth –NITDA

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of NITDA (2nd right), in a Group Photograph with Dignitaries at the Workshop Organised by Afrilabs and Intel, in Abuja, FCT Photo: NITDA

*Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, emphasises how Nigeria is empowered digitally, and thriving on innovation and inclusive economic growth through technology

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Nigeria is currently on course to propel and build a robust technology research ecosystem that aligns with the Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration’s redefined priorities to accelerate diversification through industrialisation, digitisation, and innovation.

ConsumerConnect reports Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), who stated this emphasised the West African country is empowered digitally and thriving on innovation and inclusive economic growth through technology.

Inuwa hinted at the development during a recent workshop with the theme, “Intel AI programme for Africa Deep-Tech startups, Ecosystem stakeholders”, organised by Afrilabs and Intel in Abuja, FCT.

The Director-General of NITDA said: “For us to succeed as a nation, there is need for synergy, and we must strongly believe that the best solution emerges from collaborative efforts, harnessing diverse talents, expertise, and perspectives of the robust ecosystem for the advancement of the country.”

He also explained that the problem in Africa is about implementation processes, stating “we need to have strong institutions to implement these policies and strategies for the realisation of our goals and objectives.”

According to him, there is a need to work together to build policies and regulations that will be beneficial and flexible to implement through proper coordination attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

NITDA’s commitment to activating diverse initiatives, policies

Speaking on NITDA’s commitment to implementation of diverse initiatives and policies in the digital ecosystem, Inuwa stated that it has attracted six African countries and other government institutions to visit and understudy for replication to change the conventional way of doing things.

Providing insights into NITDA’s strategic direction, the Director-General mentioned the agency’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP 2024-2027) 2.0, structured around eight pillars, which include Fostering Digital Literacy and Cultivating Talents, Building a Robust Technology Research Ecosystem, Strengthening Policy Implementation and Legal Frameworks.

Others include Promoting Inclusive Access to Digital Infrastructure and Services, Enhancing Cybersecurity and Digital Trust, Nurturing an Innovative and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Forging Strategic Partnerships and Collaborations, and Cultivating a Vibrant Organisational Culture with an Agile Workforce.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Ajibola Odukoya, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Afrilabs, had affirmed that driving innovation economy in Africa by power of our communities will bring about the cultivation of high potential entrepreneurs who will become catalysts for economic growth and social development in Africa.

It is noted the workshop was aimed at finding solutions to research carried out on evaluating the deep tech ecosystem in Africa and lacks tailored support for the growth of startups in the sector.

Odukoya also opined that Artificial intelligence (AI) is a tool that will bridge Africa and the world, and need to consider Africa towards building AI frameworks and libraries to showcase African perspectives and zeal in problem-solving.

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