By: Yinka Okeowo
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) logo has been amended slightly, TechEconomy.ng has observed.
NITDA is an Agency of the Federal Government created in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and coordinate general IT development and regulation in the country.
Specifically, Section 6(a & c) of the Act mandates NITDA to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria; and render advisory services in all information technology matters to the public and private sectors.
However, under the current Director General, Dr. Isa Pantami, the Agency is pushing for an amendment of the Act to reflect operations in the present day IT world.
Head, Corporate Affairs & External Relations Unit at NITDA, Mrs Hadiza Umar, confirmed the logo redesign, stating that the new logo is a better reflection of the Agency’s mandate.
She said, though NITDA will not officially launch it “because we have the intention of total rebranding the Agency as soon as our ACT is amended”.
TechEconomy.ng, observed that the new logo has a digital symbol that depicts NITDA’s mandate to pursue local content development/adoption, cyber security and regulations.
“The new logo tells more about our mandate; the old one has telecom mast on it which is not the total representation of our operations”, Mrs. Umar said in a chat with TechEconomy.ng.