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The Nigerian Communications Fee, NCC, has hailed its sister company, the Nationwide Data Know-how Improvement Company, NITDA, for a milestone achievement in a interval of 20 years.

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The Govt Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who spoke through the NITDA @20 Anniversary convention held in Abuja on Monday mentioned the company has met the expectations of Nigerians prior to now 20 years of its existence.

He hailed the present Director-Basic of the company, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi and all of the CEOs and administrators of the company from its inception for doing their finest in repositioning the company.

Talking earlier on the occasion, Abdullahi highlighted the achievements of the company within the final two decade.

In line with him, NITDA’s creation symbolized Nigeria’s decision to embrace digital transformation, including that the story of NITDA explains Nigeria’s journey to a digital financial system.

He mentioned that since institution, NITDA has been working assiduously to assist Nigeria catch the prepare of the 4th industrial revolution with out leaving any sector of the financial system behind.

He mentioned the company has performed essential roles in nationwide growth by offering the authorized framework for info expertise growth, pioneering IT developmental tasks, facilitating entry to info expertise items and providers, catalysing job creation and guaranteeing nationwide safety.

He mentioned the company has considerably actualized the Nationwide IT Coverage’s aim to digitize Nigeria and the Company is now within the section of digitalizing the nation.

“What’s the distinction between digitization and digitalization? Digitization means utilizing IT to boost conventional processes,” he defined.

“As compared, digitalization means utilizing IT to ship new worth propositions via innovation. It’s about profiting from IT as a supply of inspiration and strategic nationwide financial, safety and social platform.

“On the twenty third of October 2019, primarily based on the digitalization goal, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, accredited the re-designation of our Ministry because the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economic system.

“The first goal of the re-designation was to create a coverage framework that might oversee the event of the digital financial system for a digital Nigeria.

“Subsequently, on the twenty eighth of November, 2019, the President unveiled the Nationwide Digital Economic system Coverage and Technique (NDEPS) to facilitate the diversification of our financial system and place Nigeria to faucet from the $11.5trillion international digital financial system value.

“NITDA is taking part in pivotal roles to actualize the aims of the NDEPS because it had completed with the Nationwide IT Coverage.
There isn’t any doubt that there are a whole lot of achievements recorded by the Company since its institution.

“These achievements embody enormous ICT contribution to GDP from lower than 0.5% in 2001 to greater than 14% in 2020, catalysing job creation and igniting modern actions within the tech ecosystem.

“Likewise, we now have achieved loads in digital inclusion and literacy. In consequence, now we’re witnessing the emergence of recent financial sectors like Fintech, eCommerce, Enterprise Capital funding, Enterprise Course of Outsourcing, Information Safety Compliance Organisations, IT tools manufacturing, and sturdy software program business.

“With this necessary milestone in finishing up our mandates, we expect our Twentieth-anniversary value celebrating. Since its institution, NITDA has advanced in lots of features and responded to its mandates’ dynamics.

“You might remember that the Company’s mandates are to realize three broad aims primarily. To supply advisory providers, regulate and develop the Data Know-how Sector.

“Due to this fact, the Company focuses on bridging the digital divide, offering the enabling setting and strengthening the tech ecosystem. In 2007, we began our developmental interventions by deploying ten (10) Rural Data Know-how Useful resource Centre (RITC) throughout the nation’s six Geo-Political zones.

“The quantity elevated to 17 in 2008, 58 in 2009, and 119 in 2010.
With elevated consciousness of the Company’s intervention, demand-specific interventions have been developed.

“These embody Group Entry Venues (CACs), Information Entry Venues (KAVs), Digital Capability Constructing Centres (DCBCs), Digital Job Creation Centres (DJCCs), Digital Divide Bridging Centres (DDBCs), Digital Economic system Centres (DECs), IT Infrastructure for Increased Establishments, Huge Space Community for Increased Establishments, Digital Library, IT Innovation and Incubation Parks, IT Group Coaching Centres, IT Innovation Hubs, and IT Abilities Acquisition and Pc-Based mostly Testing Centres.

“From inception thus far, you’ll be glad to know that the Company has deployed over one thousand, 5 hundred and sixty (1,560) Centres throughout the nation, with a minimal of two Centres in every of the 774 Native Authorities Areas of the nation.

“One other essential space of focus for the Company was Capability Constructing. This began with a Prepare-the-Coach programme for Lecturers in Tertiary Establishments.

“It then grew into having particular programmes for Girls, Folks Residing with Disabilities, Army and Paramilitary, Public Officers, college students, NYSC, Artisans, Major College Kids and now having numerous programmes delivered on-line via the NITDA Academy for Analysis and Coaching.

“Thus far, the Company has impacted over 2.5 Million Nigerians straight and/or not directly in a number of areas of IT via its interventions and coaching.

“It’s value noting that from September 2016 thus far, the Company has witnessed an unprecedented enchancment in its actions, particularly within the space of regulation.

“Upon assumption of the workplace of my Boss and Mentor, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the then Director-Basic and now the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system, he instituted strategic planning and crafted the Company’s Strategic Roadmap, 2017-2020.

“The Roadmap was anchored on seven (7) pillars: IT Laws, Native Content material Improvement and Promotion, Cybersecurity, Authorities Digital Service Promotion, Digital Job Creation, Digital Inclusion, and Capability Constructing.

“The Roadmap formed and created a path for the Company’s actions and immensely contributed to the unprecedented achievements.

“As an instance this, you might recall {that a} sequence of Regulatory Devices have been issued in 2019.

“These embody:

The Rule-Making Course of Regulation of NITDA; The Nigerian Information Safety Regulation; Guideline for the Clearance of Data Know-how Tasks in Federal Public Establishments; Pointers for Public Web Entry;
Framework for the usage of Social Media in Public Establishments; Pointers for Nigerian Content material Improvement in Data and Communications Know-how as amended; Nigeria e-Authorities Interoperability Framework (Ne-GIF); Nigeria ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Imaginative and prescient (NIIEV); Nigeria Cloud Computing Coverage; and
Framework and Pointers for ICT Adoption in Tertiary Intuitions.

A number of the Regulatory Devices have been operational earlier than their launch.

“For instance, the enforcement of the IT Clearance Technique of NITDA began in December 2016. Along with the worth addition to IT challenge supply, the IT Clearance has saved over 22.45 billion Naira for the Federal Authorities.

“Equally, with the discharge of the Nigeria Information Safety Regulation (NDPR), NITDA has created a brand new business, stimulated new enterprise fashions, and empowered hundreds of Nigerians via capability constructing and expertise growth.

“We licensed 72 Information Safety Compliance Organizations (DPCOs), created over 2,686 new jobs roles within the business, developed a brand new knowledge safety sector valued at round 2.2 billion Naira.

“The Company has additionally efficiently investigated and issued knowledge breach fines to many organizations, together with public establishment. Extra importantly, different international locations are wanting as much as the Company for steering on Information Safety Regulation.

“You might also remember that the Nationwide Digital Economic system Coverage and Technique for a Digital Nigeria (NDEPS) changed the Nationwide IT Coverage. Due to this fact, with the expiration of NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap 2017 – 2020, we now have developed a brand new Strategic Roadmap consistent with NDEPS, which might be unveiled subsequent week.

”Different success tales you might pay attention to embody: Rebranding the Company consistent with NDEPS imaginative and prescient; Forging Nationwide and Worldwide Collaboration and Partnership with essential stakeholders; Institution of the Nationwide Centre for Synthetic Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR); and Graduation of the Improvement of the Nationwide Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre.”

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