Digital Acceleration Programs: NITDA, Engages Foreign, Local Partners For Nigerian Startups

By Yewande Foluke Bassey

Towards digitisation and digitalisation of the Nigerian ecosystem, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has continued to engage with foreign partners on digital inclusiveness to accelerate the development of a digital economy for Nigerians.

Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE, Director General and CEO of NITDA has said the Agency is leaving no stone unturned in the implementation processes of its Strategic RoadMap and Action Plan (SRAP 2021-2024). He gave this assertion during a virtual session with CDA Lead for Africa, Clayton Naidoo.

He said that NITDA has continued to collaborate with CISCO since 2019 when an MOU was signed, to build an incubation center that will foster digital skills and job creation for Nigerian Citizens.

Saddled with the task of leveraging on the opportunities available to Startups in facilitating a collaboration with CISCO, the NITDA Director General, recently led some members of his team to the Sharp-Sharp Startup Company on facility tour with the aim of facilitating collaboration between the startup and CISCO.

Sharp-Sharp Startup Company was one of the winners at the 2022 Gulf International Technology Exhibition (GITEX) in Dubai.

CISCO is a worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet with focus on networking, collaboration solutions, security solutions, wireless and mobility, data center, IoT, video, analytics, and software solutions.

Partnership and collaboration with stakeholders, throughout value chain, and across the industry, allows NITDA to multiply its efforts and scale her impact.

In a similar vein, the NITDA boss, in company of Dr. Yau Isa Garba, the Coordinator of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics NCAIR,  (A subsidiary of NITDA), also did a facility tour of the Uniccon Group of Companies Ltd, the Startup Company that built “Omeife” the first African Robot.

The NITDA boss recounted that during the unveiling of “Omeife” last December to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Hon. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), had encouraged NITDA to work with Uniccon Group on how to commercialise “Omeife”.

“We are willing to sign an MOU with Uniccon to infuse Omeife into our already established learning models if it has the ability to communicate in four identified Nigerian languages, namely, Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba and Pidgin English, towards achieving 95% digital literacy in Nigeria by year 2030.

“This will, in turn, enable the citizens employ digital devices for economic purposes’’, he concluded.

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