Nigeria sets for ICT development as Shittu hosts new NITDA Boss

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(Last Updated On: 2016-09-30)

Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen

Nigeria is on the verge of developing the Information and Communications Technology sector as the Minister of Communications, Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu on Friday hosted the newly appointed Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, in his office.

The new NITDA DG who was accompanied by Malam Nafiu Baba-Ahmed and Alhaji Shehu B. Umar took over from Dr. Vincent Olatunji, the acting DG appointed following the suspension of the former DG, Mr. Peter Jack on January 20, 2016 and his eventual sack by the Federal Government.

NITDA, an agency under the Ministry Communications, was established to foster the development and growth of information technology in Nigeria.

The Federal Government on Monday September 26, 2016 announced the appointment of Dr. Pantami as the DG for NITDA alongside 12 others MDAs as part of its efforts to re-energize the MDAs.

An Associate Professor of Computer Information System at the Islamic University of Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Pantami is the first Nigerian ever to teach in the university of more than 63 years of existence.

He was born and grew up in Gombe State, Nigeria where he obtained his basic education.

He completed his first degree in Computer Science in 2002 at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi (ATBA), Master of Science (MSC), Computer Science 2008, Master of Business Admin (MBA) Technology in 2010 from the same university and he obtained his PhD in the United Kingdom.

He was a lecturer at ATBU, Bauchi, for more than a decade before joining Islamic University Madina as Assistant Professor in Computing Systems & Information Technology.
He has authored many books on ICT, STEM, Technology, Politics & Community Reconciliation & Religion.

The new NITDA boss has taken over from Dr. Vincent Olatunji, the Acting Director General of the agency.


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