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The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has honoured the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi with the ‘Proud Ambassador’ award even as the society congratulated the agency over its recent conferment with the National Productivity Order of Merit award by President Muhammadu Buhari for its outstanding performance as a public sector entity.

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Abdullahi, while receiving delegates from the society in Abuja led by its National President, Professor Adesina Sodiya, expressed NITDA’s willingness to collaborate more with the professional body.

NCS’s Prof Sodiya handing over the ‘Proud Ambassador’ award to DG of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi

While asserting the unwavering commitment of NITDA to collaborate in the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) through its Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP 2021-2024), Abdullahi said “we have an ambitious target of making Nigeria a start-up nation and to train one million programmers between this year and next year and to achieve 95 percent digital literacy in Nigeria by the year 2030.

He added: “we believe we cannot succeed in isolation that is why we collaborate with organizations like yours” while encouraging the society to key into the activities of the agency that are similar to its own initiatives, notably the Techies Hangout Initiative (THI), an event (online, physical, TV, Radio) series where IT experts discuss trending and prospective IT business and youth developments for the national economy.

Others are the Computer-4-Schools Initiative (C4SI) aimed at sourcing and distributing computers and other IT tools to public secondary schools in the FCT and its environs as well as to build their skills in technology at an early stages; Directors and Head ICT (D/HICT) Conference, a two-day conference to engage heads of MDAs, directors of ICT departments/units and private sector to discuss related issues around ICT development in public and private spheres; and a startup mentoring clinic through sponsorship sourcing.

“We are here as a society to continue to support what you are is doing in order to promote and develop IT in Nigeria; to congratulate the director general on the National Productivity Award bestowed on the agency; to invite the director general to the NCS building so as to inspect what NITDA has been supporting; and to invite you to this year’s conference,” said the NCS president while presenting a ‘Proud Ambassador’ award to Abdullahi for his outstanding leadership.  “We will improve on our synergy with you so that we can do more together,” he said.

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