The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has been conferred the prestigious ‘National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award’ in recognition of the agency’s high productivity, hard work and excellence in service delivery.

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The award was conferred by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, who chaired the award ceremony that held in Abuja.

According to the National Productivity Order of Merit Award Committee, NITDA’s recommendation and subsequent nomination came after a vigorous selection process, and the agency recorded impressive and commendable achievements in facilitating the development of Nigeria into a sustainable digital economy.

“NITDA adheres strictly to information security and safety. The agency’s proactive action in creating a robust incident Management Procedure, through which any irregular or adverse event that occurs and affects the normal functioning of a system is adequately dealt with, is a worthy accomplishment”, the statement read.

The award which falls into the ‘2020 Organizational Category’ highlights NITDA as the only government agency among other privately owned Organizations to be so recognized.

Statement from the organisers further read: “Another commendable attribute of the agency is its commitment to improve and sustain productivity through training and retraining of staff. As a matter of policy, every staff of NITDA is expected to have at least forty hours of training within three years. This has resulted in improved competencies, knowledge and skills of the Staff”.

The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, received the glamorous award on behalf of the agency.

Abdullahi pledged the agency’s continuous commitment to expanding the digital space in order to impact more lives of many Nigerians through the development of increased critical mass of IT proficient and global competitive manpower. He spoke shortly after receiving the award from President Buhari.

The National Productivity Order of Merit Award which was part of activities to celebrate the 19th National Productivity Day was instituted by the Federal Government to recognize hard work and excellence.

As the only (Government’s Agency) recipient of the National Award this year, and as an apex IT agency charged with the responsibility of creating an enabling environment where Nigerians will develop, adopt, and derive value from digital technologies, NITDA sees this rare honour as not just ‘a pat on the back’ but a challenge to intensify efforts towards its digital inclusion pursuits.

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