Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has commissioned the new Digital Centre, at the headquarters of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), while also unveiling the new logo, mission, vision, and core values for the Agency.
The Minister called on its agencies to redouble their efforts towards implementing policies for a digital economy.
He noted that policies in the ministry included National Strategy and Policy on Digital Economy with eight pillars and the National Broadband Plan, among others.
According to Pantami, these policies need synergy by parastatal agencies under the ministry to ensure implementation.
“We are here to reap the benefits of collective hard work, but there is need to redouble efforts to achieve the implementation of policies that will push for digital economy.
”NITDA and the Nigeria Communications Commission already have a newly-designated department assigned for digital economy to foster a digital nation.
”The agency’s digital centre that will accommodate the upgraded Computer Emergency Response and Readiness Team (CERRT) is a tool for cyber security.
”The rebrand NITDA logo and mission are overdue because the initial one designed in 2001 is obsolete and cannot meet the demands of digital economy,” he said.
The Director-General of NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa, revealed that the new digital centre would house integrated computer emergency response and readiness centre that would enhance national cybersecurity.
He added that it would accommodate the digital multimedia studio for online digital skills and literacy capacity building, and digital conference room for remote collaboration.
“In 2001, NITDA was established to implement the National IT Policy, almost 20 years ago. We all know that IT has been obsolete and evolved into digital.
“There were several unsuccessful attempts to review the IT policy before, but within three months of coming to office, the Minister came up with a new policy, the National Digital Economy policy for Digital Nigeria.
“The policy expanded NITDA’s mandate and made it compulsory to rebrand in line with the new policy.
“The new brand is a paradigm shift from IT-centric to digital-centric NITDA, which includes a new logo, new vision, new mission, and new core values,” he said.
Inuwa assured that the rebranding would enable the agency to be dynamic in our culture, mindset, and public perception of the agency.
He welcomed citizens to the new and smart NITDA that would be committed to setting the pace for digital Nigeria.
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