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Digital transformation: NITDA unveils SRAP 2.0

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In the stride towards continuous engagement and inclusivity, the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa, emphasized the pivotal role of collaboration with stakeholders in the technology ecosystem to achieve a resilience and prosperous digital transformation for Nigeria by unveiling the NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan 2.0.

The Director General made these affirmations at the Omniverse Summit, held at the Landmark Event Centre, Lagos.
Inuwa highlighted the necessity of shared goals, resources, and knowledge to make a lasting impact on Nigeria’s digital future.

“Our vision for Nigeria is to digitally empower the nation by thriving on innovation and fostering inclusive economic growth through technology,” Inuwa stated.

While discussing the pillars in the Strategic Road-map and Action Plan (2024-2027) SRAP 2.0, Inuwa stressed the importance of collaboration among the stakeholders.

According to the NITDA Director-General, the road-map focuses on eight strategic pillars, targeted at accelerating digital transformation of all critical sectors of the economy as directed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

He maintained that all the pillars in the SRAP 2.0 resonate with the strategic pillars of Ministry of Communications, Innovations and Digital Economy blueprint tagged “Accelerating our Collective Prosperity through Technical Efficiency” which are Knowledge, Policy, Infrastructure, Innovation, entrepreneurship, and Capital, and Trade.

He revealed that the first pillar, fostering digital literacy and cultivating talent has an ambitious goal of achieving 70% digital literacy by 2027 through the implementation of National Digital Literacy Framework as well as developing technical talents which is being implemented through one of the Ministry’s initiatives “the 3 Million Technical Talent (3MTT)”, designed to address the impending global talent deficit and position Nigeria as a leader in technological expertise.

Inuwa noted that the second pillar is to build a robust technology research system, aimed at putting Nigeria’s at the 25 percentile in global ranking in research in six key areas of AI, IoT, Robotics, Additive Manufacturing, blockchain and UAVs.

The third pillar emphasises the need to strengthen policy implementation and legal framework, with all ecosystem stakeholders contributing to achieving national goals.

He said, “Promoting inclusive access to digital infrastructure and services forms the fourth pillar which aims at connecting the unconnected by investing in learning centers and innovation hubs across the country.”
“Strengthening Cybersecurity and enhancing digital trust is the fifth pillar. This addresses the importance of instilling confidence in digital platforms for its users,” he said.

He identified the sixth pillar as focusing on plans to nurture an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem, which will promote synergy in industry and an enabling platform for digital transformation.

“While the seventh pillar is to forge strategic partnerships, and collaborations with external stakeholders as evident with the active partnership NITDA is building with the Omniverse platform, the eight and last pillar of the SRAP is directed to cultivate a vibrant organizational culture and agile workforce within NITDA he added.

“We believe that by working together, we can transform Nigeria into a global digital powerhouse,” Inuwa declared. He subsequently invited stakeholders to download the soft copy of the road-map, providing a QR code for easy access, and encouraged feedback to refine the document for collective success.

Inuwa assured the commitment of the government to create enabling policies for citizens to thrive. According to him, “The aim is to position Nigeria among the top 25 in artificial intelligence, IoT, UAV, robotics, Blockchain, and additive manufacturing, propelling the nation into a prominent role in the global digital economy.”

The Omniverse Summit is targeted at driving the digital economy on the continent. The summit explores the narratives about the Africa and Africans, with a focus on how to regain control of these narratives to re-frame the future of our economies, societies, and geopolitics.

The convener of the Omniverse Summit Obi Asika along with his team members, Charles Emembolu, Dr.Thwueba and IsiomaUdeozostated passionately during a panel session tagged “Why Omniverse? Explained that the Omniverse is a collaborative platform, which is designed to bring people together. They mentioned that one of the core objectives of the programwas to bring different segments of the ecosystem like the academia, tech,startups, gaming people, music industry, film industry, television industry, the arts and arts culture among others together.

In their submission, they noted that the move is towards creating a platform for anyone to have a clear understanding into what is happening in Nigeria, Africa, and the world.

The US Consul General, Mr. Will Stevens in his address affirmed that the dynamic digital innovation ecosystem in Nigeria has led to the creation of this crucial platform, emphasizing the nation’s role as Africa’s largest economy and democracy.

Mr. Williams stressed a paradigm shift in collaboration, moving from discussing what can be done for Africa to what can be achieved together. He added that the focus is to ensuring African nations have a significant voice in global policy discussions, particularly addressing shared challenges like climate change, food insecurity, and global pandemics.

He called for a permanent African representation in the UN Security Council underlines the need for African solutions to global problems, emphasizing collaboration on a worldwide scale.

He noted that Nigeria, as a key player in driving innovation, faces challenges such as safeguarding intellectual property and addressing exchange rate risks noting that, “the partnership between the U.S. and African tech startups is substantial, with around 60% of venture capital in Nigeria originating from the United States.”

“However, thereis an expressed need to protect intellectual property locally and create laws to support startups, ensuring innovators can safeguard their creations within the country. The imperative is to foster collaboration that goes beyond geographical boundaries and promotes a collective effort to tackle shared global challenges,” he concluded.

 

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NITDA hosts stakeholders in Lagos on digital literacy awareness

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has held a stakeholders meeting in Lagos to create awareness to bridge the digital divide and empower Nigerians with essential digital skills.

The agency held the session in partnership with the GIZ/DTC.

The Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, in his opening remarks, emphasised the critical role of digital literacy skills in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape. He highlighted the NDLF as a comprehensive roadmap developed by NITDA, in collaboration with key stakeholders to equip Nigerians with the necessary digital skills to thrive in the digital age.

Inuwa, who was represented by Dr. Falilat Jimoh, of the Digital Inclusion Unit of the  Agency’s South West Zonal Office (SWZO), asserted that the collaborative efforts with the Ministry of Education were underscored, focusing on integrating the framework’s provisions into the national school curriculum.

“This initiative aims to equip students from a young age with foundational digital skills essential for future success,” he noted.

Furthermore, he mentioned that NITDA’s partnership with GIZ/DTC is fostered to establish robust standards for digital literacy content, ensuring high-quality and relevant learning materials aligned with NDLF’s objectives.

Inuwa stressed that NITDA’s commitment to digital inclusion extends beyond formal education, with ongoing digital literacy programs targeting women, artisans, and other underserved segments of the society.

He emphasised the importance of collaborative efforts, stating that the framework enables the implementation of NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) 2.0, 2024–2027 pillars, “Fostering Digital Literacy and Cultivating Talents.”

The SRAP 2.0 is a living document that is being redrafted to align with the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy policy document “Accelerating Our Collective Responsibility,” which has Five strategic pillars namely, Knowledge, Policy, Infrastructure, Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Capital, and Trade.

According to the NITDA boss, these programs aim to empower individuals to participate meaningfully in the digital economy and access online opportunities.

“This resonates with the Knowledge pillar of the Ministry tailored to accelerate the collective responsibilities of all stakeholders towards achieving inclusivity in all its dimensions which supports the Renewed Hope Agenda that is focused on propelling the Nigerian economy and enhancing the welfare of its citizens,” he said.

Hence, he stated that the workshop goal is to create widespread awareness about the NDLF through interactive sessions and discussions, providing stakeholders with a deeper understanding of its components, target audiences, and potential impact on bridging the digital divide among Nigerians.

Additionally, the Director-General emphasised the importance of collective action in the successful implementation of the NDLF, expressing gratitude for the collaboration with partners and the participation of stakeholders. He affirmed that the significance of tailoring the framework to the specific needs of Nigeria’s diverse population is to achieve maximum effectiveness.

In conclusion, Inuwa expressed confidence that the NDLF, coupled with collaborative efforts, will play a pivotal role in empowering Nigerians with the digital skills necessary to actively participate in the digital economy, and access online information and opportunities while contributing to a more inclusive and prosperous society. He then urged participants to continue collaborations to unlock the full potential of Nigeria’s digital future.

Earlier, the Commission Manager GIZ/DTC Nigeria,  Dr. Thuweba Diwani in her opening remarks delivered by Olusegun Alimi, the Technical Advisor, GIZ/DTC Nigeria, anticipated that the awareness session would be an avenue to dialogue and come up with a “Participatory Policy Implementation Framework (PPIF)” he added, “for policies to be sustainable they need to be owned by the people.”

The Digital Transformation Centre Nigeria (DTC Nigeria) is a project funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft Fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). It focuses on digitalisation, innovation, and entrepreneurship in Nigeria, aiming to enhance the country’s digital innovation ecosystem and boost its capacity for adopting digital innovations for economic and societal growth.

Other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) at the dialogue were, the National Orientation Agency (NOA), National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Lagos Public Private Partnership (PPP), Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), also, the private sectors represented were MTN Foundation, CISCO, Tech4Dev, Faith Foundation among others.

The moderator, Mr. Tayo Olosunde an ecosystem industry enthusiast affirmed that the stakeholders’ sessions had also been held in Kano and Abuja.

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9mobile refreshes 9Konfam value offer

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Nigeria’s customer-centric company, 9mobile has spiced up its 9Konfam offerings as its customers are set to enjoy 9 times the value of recharge and more when they subscribe to this unique offering. This innovative plan, crafted with a focus on enhancing connectivity and value for its customers, promises to make connectivity with family and friends seamless and enjoyable.

The 9Konfam plan boasts unique benefits aimed at bringing families and friends closer while providing unparalleled value for money. Among its standout features, customers stand to enjoy an extraordinary 9 times the value on all recharges of N100 and above. This significant bonus is applicable for calls across all networks and SMS and data usage, catering to diverse communication needs.

In his comment, the Director of Product Innovation & Business Development at 9mobile, Kenechukwu Okonkwo said the company is committed to fostering connectivity and enriching customer experiences.

“At 9mobile, we understand the importance of staying connected with loved ones, and we are poised to offer a unique opportunity to make things seamless for our customer’s communications needs.”

He said that the 9Konfam plan is designed to offer incredible value on calls, data, and SMS.

“Whether you’re catching up with family, connecting with friends, or staying on top of business, 9Konfam ensures you get the most out of your mobile experience.”

Subscribers to the 9Konfam plan will enjoy a double dose of data delight during the initial six months of their subscription. This translates to a remarkable 100 percent data bonus on top of their purchased data bundles, ensuring an enhanced browsing, streaming, and chatting experience for all members of the 9Konfam family.

For those embarking on their journey with 9Konfam, the perks start when they activate their SIM cards. New subscribers are welcomed with a generous N1,000 welcome bonus, giving them a head start to enjoy the multitude of benefits offered by 9Konfam.

Transitioning to the 9Konfam plan has been streamlined for convenience. New customers can simply visit any 9mobile Experience Centre, or authorized retailers to activate their SIM cards or dial *1400# and commence enjoying the array of benefits offered by 9Konfam.

With 9Konfam, subscribers become valued members of a larger family, where connectivity is without limits, and they are assured of an experience that matches value and more.

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Galaxy Backbone’s CEO extends Eid-ul-Fitr greetings to muslims

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Prof. Ibrahim A Adeyanju, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Backbone has extended warm greetings and heartfelt wishes to the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria and across the globe on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. T

In a message signed by him, the MD said the joyous celebration marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a time of spiritual reflection, self-discipline, and devotion.

“Eid-el-Ftir, also known as the Festival of Breaking the Fast, is a time of unity, compassion, and gratitude. I urge all Muslims to embrace the lessons learned during Ramadan and carry them forward into their daily lives.” He said.

Continuing, Prof.Adeyanju said “The virtues of tolerance, love, and understanding should guide our actions as we interact with people of different backgrounds and beliefs.”

Recognizing the pivotal role of leadership in advancing the nation, he encouraged the Muslim community to pray for peace and development in Nigeria and specifically emphasizes the need for prayers to support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s renewed hope administration.

Under his leadership, Galaxy Backbone remains committed to providing cutting-edge ICT infrastructure and services to empower government institutions, businesses, and individuals across Nigeria. As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, Galaxy Backbone renews its dedication to supporting the digital transformation of the nation, enabling connectivity, innovation, and socio-economic growth.

Galaxy Backbone is the Digital Infrastructure and Services organization committed to providing Cloud, Colocation, Cybersecurity and Connectivity services and solutions that transform organisations within the public and private sector.

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