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Blockchain technology is a game-changer for the maritime sector — DG NITDA



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DG NITDA in a meeting with the visitors from maritime industry

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is pushing for full adoption of blockchain technology in the Nigerian maritime sector.

So, due to the unwavering determination of the Agency towards a holistic implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, the Director General, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, said that NITA will assist in the digital technical transformation of the maritime sector, and the agency is optimistic that the usage of Blockchain technology, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics will positively transform the activities of the sector.

The DG made this remark during a courtesy visit by members of the Nigeria Shippers’ Council led by its Executive Secretary, Hassan Bello, to NITDA’s corporate headquarters in Abuja.

He stated that with the deployment of Information Technology (IT) in the maritime sector, there will be efficiency and more revenue generation, adding that Blockchain technology can be used in tracking and tracing trade, supply chain, training and many more.

The NITDA Boss said that the infusion of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in the ports will bring about little or no human efforts with great result.

Mallam Abdullahi noted that transformation in the maritime sector is beyond technology alone, it has to cut across the people, the process and then the technology.

He stressed that for the NSC to get the best possible outcome, the council needs to look at its business architecture to identify the gaps in order to know where they are currently and where they want to be.

“The process flow and head hunt is required in order to look for people with the prerequisite skills to help get to where they want to be,” he said.

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Earlier in his remarks, the Executive Secretary of NSC, Hassan Bello said the purpose of the visit was to seek technical assistance to ensure that the maritime sector, especially the ports in Nigeria, are fully digitalised for efficiency so as to key into the pursuit of a Digital Nigeria.

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