The Anambra State Government has expressed readiness to provide necessary supports for the establishment of National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) South-East Zonal ICT Hub in the State.
The State made the requests during a working visit to NITDA on Tuesday 15th September, 2020 by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Anambra State Information and Communication Technology Agency, (ANSICTA), Mr Theo Manfa.
The Anambra State delegation also include the Chief Operating Officer of the Agency Michael Orekyeh; while the Director General of NITDA, Malam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi was represented by the Director E-Government and Regulation, Dr. Vincent Olatunji; Director Office of ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship – OIIE, Dr. (Mrs.) Amina Sambo Magaji; Deputy Director of IT Infrastructure, Dr. Saidu Kumo; SA Technical to the DG, Dr. Mohammed Yahaya; Corporate Strategy Department, Dr. Taofik Yekini and other Directors and Key Management Staff.
Speaking at the meeting, Manafa expressed that the call for special requests by the state is necessitated by the fact that the state “has long been known as a home of innovation and entrepreneurship, through the various markets like Onitsha and Nnewi and the plethora of locally produced goods they spawned over time.”
He reiterated the importance of the new digital economy and how ANSICTA hoped to collaborate with NITDA in development of the sector in Anambra State.
The MD/CEO requested NITDA’s partnership with ANSICTA in building an ICT Hub in Anambra State; hosting a NITDA regional office; hosting NITDA events and programs as a State and region; trainings and Skills development programs of NITDA where the State hopes to train 40,000 residents in the next 2 years in Digital skills; establishment of cooperation on the Nigeria Government Enterprise Architecture (NGEA) and the provision of the Unity Board where 150 units were requested for a program for secondary schools in Anambra.
ANSICTA also presented an award to the Director General for his “Outstanding Achievements in Driving the Digital Economy” which was received by Dr. Vincent Olatunji on behalf of the DG.
In his response, NITDA DG said that was gratifying to note that Anambra State now has an ICT Agency as Governor Willie Obiano had visited NITDA 6years ago in line with the establishment of an Agency for the State.
Abdullahi said that NITDA had worked with the State in developing an ICT policy for Anambra State.
“The success of that exercise is the take-off of the agency (ANSICTA) which is the execution arm of the policy developed by NITDA”, he remarked.
He further said ANSICTA was by the speech of the MD was really in tune with the affairs and mandates of NITDA and stated that ANSICTA should make a formal application for the things requested at this meeting will be looked into by Management for approval.
He also thanked ANSICTA for recognizing the hard work of the NITDA through the award they presented, which was most encouraging.
The visitors were then taken on a facility tour of NITDA Multi-Media studio and Ultra-Modern Cyber-security monitoring control room.