Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen
The Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has reassured stakeholders in the industry of its commitment to achieving purpose of establishment.
The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Ibrahim-Pantami gave the assurance when he received Members of the
Senate Committee on ICT and Cyber Security in his office on Thursday.
According to him, due to the broad mandate the agency is saddle with, “there is a need to prioritise the core functions of the Agency and employ the use of scale of preference to determine what can be quickly done in the area of ICT to complement the revenue accrued from oil.”
He said “We have more than 30 mandates and we are now at the final stage of designing the strategic plans that will help us in repositioning the Agency. I can tell you now that the work on the strategic plan is 90 percent completed. We are to put the Agency back to its primary functions and award less of contract.
Pantami who told the delegation of his administration’s willingness to actualise the mandate of NITDA, also maintained that the agency would reduce the tempo at which it awards contract and play most of regulatory roles.
He said, “Awarding contract for Knowledge Access Centre and Community Access Centre are part of our mandate but we are going to reduce it because we cannot stop it.”
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on ICT and Cyber Security, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari who led the delegation called on the Agency to strive hard to actualise its positive impacts.
Buhari urged NITDA to embark on massive re-orientation to change the public perception about the Agency.
He said, “We can start on a new slate. We need re-orientation of excellence and we are solidly behind you to achieve this. Everybody needs to take his job seriously and if this is done we don’t need to go for oversight function.”
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