NITDA, NESG Partner To Boost Digital Inclusion

The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has given a nod to the invitation by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group NESG to be a part of the Digital Economy Community of Practice to drive collaboration towards achieving a sustainable and inclusive digital transformation.

Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa who confirmed interest during a courtesy call on him by the representatives of the group in Abuja, described the visit as timely and the subject matter viable, adding that it aligns with NITDA’s renewed approach towards redefining regulation and how best to offer it to Nigerians.

“We just finished developing what we call Regulatory Intelligence Framework which will help us decipher the whole idea and impact of regulation. We do not want to sit in our offices and use armchair theories to come up with regulations that would never work.

“We are looking at regulation that would promote market creation, enable innovation, customer protection and the delivery of efficient and effective services,“ the DG noted.

Inuwa emphasised that the Agency believes in collaboration to succeed in executing its mandate, affirming that the Agency would review the details of their requests and revert accordingly.

Earlier, the Senior Policy Specialist and leader of the team from the Policy Innovation Centre of the Nigerian Economy Summit Group (NESG), Mayokun Adediran, while briefing the NITDA management on the essence of the visit said, the PIC is planning a national dialogue to advance conversations about the operationalisation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) and policy analysis to understand the digital economy policy context in Nigeria and the critical role the institution played alongside other stakeholders in the development of the policy framework.

While noting that the main aim of the Global Digital Access Project (DAP) which is a U.K. Government flagship initiative led by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (OCMS), is to foster collaboration between public and private sector stakeholders in the Digital Ecosystem.

“From time to time we would need to discuss and analyse policies to ensure that there is inclusion and digital transformation in Nigeria.“

“Nigeria is a recipient of DAP’s support aimed at responsible, sustainable digital inclusion and transformation. The Policy Innovation Centre (PIC) of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) is supporting the implementation of the DAP project,“ he said.