NITDA Boss Advocates Robust Investments in ICT

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NITDA Boss Advocates Robust Investments in ICT

National Information Technology Development Agen­cy (NITDA) Director General, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Panta­mi,  has advocated robust investments by the government and critical stakeholders in the sector to enable Nigeria to com­pete favourably with top economies of the world and become competitive in the new digital economy.

Pantami, who stated this in Abuja at the official presentation of the Nigeria Smart Ini­tiatives Policy Framework (NSIPF) draft to stakehold­ers, said Nigeria needs to make conscious and prac­tical efforts to improve in­vestments in tech industry.

He explained that in view of the new digital economy fu­elled by technological innova­tion with advances in Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Internet of Everything, it has become imperative for Ni­geria to adapt very quickly to technological changes or risk being left behind by top econo­mies of the world.

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According to him,” Afri­can governments especially Nigeria standing as a region­al leader will need to proac­tively do something about the new economy and its pol­icy challenges in preparing for the disruption and pres­sure it brings to societies es­pecially in the areas of job and economic opportunities.

NITDA Boss Advocates Robust Investments in ICT
NITDA DG, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Panta­mi

“The imperative here is that we cannot allow this country to continue to run a “catching up” race in this critical sector.

We acknowledge the great challenges ahead especially in the areas of investment and funding, infrastructure and resourc­es, standards and architec­ture, interoperability, inse­curity and privacy, but we must collectively agree to take the risks.

“Going forward there­fore, NITDA as the country IT regulator and developer will be working tirelessly with relevant stakeholders to mitigate the influence of known and unknown chal­lenges in this area.”

Commenting of the objectives of the NSIPF for promoting smart ini­tiatives in Nigeria, he ex­plained that it is basically to grow smart-enabled re­sources and build a vibrant smart data economy.

Source: nigeriacommunicationsweek.com.ng

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