NITDA Engages Grassroots Stakeholders in Lagos State

As part of efforts to implement the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) engaged stakeholders from the State to establish sustainable collaboration adequately necessary for a viable digital ecosystem of the country. .

The engagement program which was themed “Creating Boundaries and Breaking Boundaries; Towards Digitalization and the Evolution of Entrepreneurship’ brought together the Honorable Lagos State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Hakeem Fahm (FNCS) and other key players in the state ecosystem.

NITDA Director General, Kashifu Inuwa CCIE, in his opening remarks, said the Agency’s response to the increased need for the digital economic system has been demonstrated through the implementation of critical areas of the NDEPS.

The DG, represented by the Area Offices Director of the Agency, Mr. Jide Ajayi, affirmed that the Agency has moved from a highly centralized organization to a functionally decentralized institution.

He said, “Our aspiration is to be a stakeholder-friendly organization, pursuing our strategies, ensuring financial prudence and becoming a process-driven, data-driven and results-driven organization.”

Inuwa said that despite the challenges faced, the Agency is ensuring that the objectives of national IT governance, prioritizing the creation of value for stakeholders, are achieved. He described this as following the core values ​​of the Agency; People first, innovation and professionalism.

“Our stakeholders come first, and we must strive to bring you value. This would not be possible without listening to you and speaking with you to clarify your perspectives, aspirations and needs,” he said.

The NITDA boss hopes that the event and the entire nationwide stakeholder engagement program will offer new insights and ideas on how impactful value can be delivered to Nigerians.

“We see this meeting as a real platform to pool knowledge, experience and expertise, and to co-create solutions, articulate strategies and extend our services to all stakeholders, especially at the grassroots level. “, he concluded.

Mr. Hakeen Fahm FNCS, Commissioner for Science and Technology, Lagos, while delivering his keynote address, commended the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and NITDA for organizing the parties event stakeholders and expressed confidence that all participants through constructive interactions would benefit.

He noted that the laws that established the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy as well as NITDA stated that digital technologies had greater consequences for creating and capturing value than simply providing new options for inventors. and entrepreneurs.

“The digital revolution has transformed our lives and our societies at an unprecedented rate and scale, bringing enormous benefits and, of course, terrible problems. New technologies have the potential to make major contributions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” he added.

Highlighting the many benefits of digital inclusion for bridging digital divides in the country, the Honorable Commissioner said that strengthening local cooperation is key to realizing the full social and economic potential of digital technology.

“I hope that this comprehensive approach will fulfill the desire of Nigerians to participate in the new digital world, not only as users and consumers, but also as producers, exporters and inventors, to create and capture more value from their path to sustainable development,” he said. Noted.

The Agency’s Southwest Area Office Manager, Ms. Chioma Okee-Aguguo, in her earlier welcome address, thanked all participants for attending the program and urged them to critique and make recommendations. constructive ways that would help the Agency achieve its mandate for the benefit of the ecosystem.

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