KASHIFU Inuwa, Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has pledged to support the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), with ICT training and capacity building for its indigenes.
He made the pledge when he received officials of AMAC, led by its Chairman, Mr Abdullah Candido, in his office in Abuja, a release issued by Mrs Hadiza Umar, NITDA External Relations Head on Thursday said.
Inuwa said that the agency had always been open to collaborations from different sectors and been involved in several intervention programmes for various sectors, both in the rural and urban areas of the country.
According to him, the agency is doing all it can to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari’s target to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty is realised through the efforts of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government.
In doing this, Inuwa said the agency had embarked on several intervention programmes through empowerment in the six geo-political zones of the country, providing training in digital skills and assisting in digital capacity building.
He explained that NITDA had created several ICT centres and hubs, supported ICT startups and done many more interventions which led to job creation.
“Collaboration with your council, AMAC, is equal to fulfilling our mandates.
“Part of the agency’s mandate is to ensure that digital skills and empowerment get to the communities especially the grassroots and the underserved.
“The visit is good and timely and we can work together to achieve optimum success in those areas,” he said.
In his response, Candido said that the primary purpose of the visit was to enable his council to share in the knowledge of ICT through the agency.
“We are here to share knowledge and tap on the advantage of what is ruling the world at the moment which is technology.
“The agency’s support in the area of ICT is to enable the AMAC community to grow in line with modern technology and digital trends,” the Chairman said.
Candido added that AMAC was doing all it could to make things different for its people by not just giving fertilisers to farmers but also by bringing new ideas and innovations such as creating ICT centres for AMAC communities to learn digital skills.
According to him, people learning skills will allow for adequate and prompt information dissemination through the community radio to the people.
He also expressed optimism that the council and its ICT centres would get the best in IT innovations and empowerment. (NAN)
– Jul. 2, 2020 @ 17:35 GMT |