…as FG Saves N22.5bn in IT Project Clearance
Stakeholders in the Nigerian Information and Communications Technology sector has commended the role played by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in the development of the country.
According to them, NITDA has played critical roles in national development by providing the legal framework for information technology development and pioneering IT developmental projects.
Speaking yesterday at the 20th anniversary celebration of the agency, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami said the effective handling of IT project clearance by NITDA has saved Nigeria over N22.5 billion, disclosing that before now contractors hyped the cost of executing a contract for the government.
“That function was missing for many years but it was reactivated by NITDA, this IT clearance has saved the federal government N2bn from just a single IT project and has so far saved the government N22.5bn,” Pantami said.
The Minister, who has also served as a Director-General of the agency said their commitment has helped in the fight against corruption in tandem with President Muhammadu Buhari agenda.
He said that NITDA also deserves commendation on the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation puts in place to ensure data protection and data privacy which is Nigerians’ constitutional right.
The minister said, “Many African countries are now making references to Nigerian Data Protection Regulation. I can say that Nigeria is not just a giant of Africa in terms of economy, it is a giant of Africa in the area of data protection and data privacy.”
He commended the management of NITDA for taking the agency to greater height through its various policies including training of citizenry as well as the people with disabilities on ICT. He therefore, tasked the agency to redouble its efforts.
On his part, the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta said NITDA has done fantastically well for championing the digital economy agenda.
According to him, in the last twenty years of NITDA, the agency has facilitated access to information technology goods and services, catalyzing job creation and ensuring national security. Thus, crystallizing Nigeria’s resolution to embrace digital transformation.
“NITDA’s 20 years of IT services deserve commendations. The journey may be slow but Nigeria is really on the right part towards the actualization of the digital economy,” said Danbatta in his remark.
Others who hailed NITDA on the 20th Anniversary include the Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone Limited, Prof. Mohammed Abubakar, the CEO of NIGCOMSAT, Abimbola Alale, Post-Master General of the Federation, Adebayo Adewusi and the DG of NIMC, Aliyu Abubakar Aziz.
In his speech, the Director General/CEO of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi said NITDA has substantially actualized the National IT Policy’s goal to digitize Nigeria and the Agency is now in the phase of digitalizing the country.