NITDA trains 100 government workers on digital literacy and skills

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has continued to display its commitment to the sustainability of a digitally transformed Nigeria by engaging approximately 100 workers from various Federal Public Institutions (FPIs) in skills development programs. capabilities to create a digitally formidable federal public service towards the realization of a digital Nigeria.

This was revealed during the closing ceremony of a capacity building program organized by NITDA for 100 participants from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), military and paramilitary agencies who were trained on literacy and skills technologies, cybersecurity basics and cloud computing.

In his closing speech for the event, NITDA General Manager Kashifu Inuwa expressed appreciation to the participants for their active participation and contribution to class activities throughout the program while urging them to be good ambassadors of the knowledge acquired in their various fields. organisms.

The DG, who was represented by the agency’s Director, Information Technology Infrastructure Solutions, Dr. Usman Abdullahi, said the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy , has developed initiatives to ensure that the digital transformation of the country is achieved.

Echoing the agency’s ambitious goal of achieving 95% digital literacy by 2030, the DG said digital literacy and skills are a key pillar of the National Policy and Strategy Strategy Paper for the Digital Economy (NDPES) which was launched by Mr. President in 2019. .

He said, “For Nigeria to achieve 95% digital literacy by 2030, we need your collective effort to ensure that the NDEPS serves as a guide and guideline in all our processes in our various workplaces” .

Speaking on NITDA’s efforts for the implementation of the NDEPS, Inuwa said the agency has developed its 2021-2024 Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) document in which literacy and digital skills, cybersecurity and emerging technologies are among the seven pillars that it is anchored on.

“Among the pillars are digital literacy and skills, cybersecurity and you have been trained in the basics of cybersecurity. Another pillar is emerging technologies and you have been trained in cloud computing. There are 7 pillars in total and each pillar is key to our journey towards realizing the digital economy,” he noted.

While emphasizing the agency’s commitment to implementing and complementing the efforts of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy through the development of the SRAP, Inuwa affirmed that the agency is focused on building the skills and capabilities of people, which is very essential in digital transformation. the nation.

He added that NITDA has set up Digital Transformation Technical Working Groups (DTTWGs) in 200 MDAs nationwide with the aim of driving the digital transformation agenda and adding value to their processes for the benefit of all Nigerians.

“The importance of this program cannot be overstated and now that you have been taught, you are expected to return to your various organizations and implement all that you have learned,” he asserted. .

For her part, the Acting Director of the Department of Digital Literacy and Capacity Development, Dr. Amina Sambo-Magaji, appreciated Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) for starting the journey and expressed her gratitude to the DG NITDA for creating the right environment to make the program a success.

She congratulated all participants and urged them to be ambassadors of the program by implementing everything they learned and spreading the program to their colleagues so that all citizens can harness the benefits of technology. digital.

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