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NITDA leverages on global ICT during COVID-19

The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA says it is not resting on its oars in leveraging on the global ICT sector especially with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Director General of the Agency, Mr Kashifu Abdullahi stated this while addressing participants on an online event on the National Outsourcing Strategy; a policy document to enhance government ICT policies for effectiveness.

Mr Abdullahi said in the last two months the 25 richest billionaires in the world garnered about $225bn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the Draft National Outsourcing document was salient in the present administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP, Digitisation of Governance and pulling one hundred million Nigerians out of poverty as well as Human Capital Development plan.

Mr Kashifu Abdullahi said the National Outsourcing Document would be implemented after necessary amendments, inputs and recommendations from experts in the industry had been made.

Contributing, Deputy Director, E-governance Development and Regulations of NITDA, Mr Ben Ewah gave an overview of the National Outsourcing Document which he described as a veritable means to leverage on the bountiful gains of the global ICT sector.

Participants on the Online event called for concerted efforts to ensure the document was realistic and viable as many such laudable national policies and ideas had been abandoned due to poor planning and non-continuity.

Olayemi Daiyan

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