By Muhammad Ibrahim
The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, has promised to support the Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) training and capacity building of its indigenes.
The Director General made this known while receiving in audience, a high ranking officials of AMAC, led by the AMAC Chairman, Honourable Abdullah Adamu Candido who were on an official visit to the agency on Wednesday, in Abuja.
While receiving the guests, Mallam Abdullahi stated that the agency has always been open to collaborations from different sectors and has, so far, been involved in several intervention programmmes for various sectors, both in the rural and urban areas of the country.
He added that, the agency is doing all it can to ensure that Mr President’s promise to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty is realised through the efforts of MDAs including NITDA. According to him, “so far, the agency has 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 further added that NITDA has created several ICT centers and hubs, supported ICT startups, and so much more which have created thousands of jobs for Nigerians.
“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,” Mallam Abdullahi added.
In his own remarks, the Chairman, AMAC, Hon.Adamu Candido said that the primary purpose of their visit is to enable his council share in the knowledge of ICT through the only regulating body in Nigeria, NITDA. “We are here to share knowledge and tap on the advantage of what is ruling the world at the moment which is technology.”
Hon. Candido said that his administration is doing all it can to make things different for its people by not just giving fertilizers to farmers but also by bringing new ideas and innovations such as creating ICT centers for AMAC communities to learn digital skills. This will allow for adequate and prompt information dissemination through the community radio to the people.
The Chairman said that the Agency’s support in the area of ICT is to enable the AMAC community grow in line with modern technology and digital trends. He thanked the management of NITDA for their warm reception. He expressed his optimism that with the Agency’s support, his council and its ICT centres will get the best in IT innovations and empowerment.
Mallam Kashifu assured the AMAC’s boss that NITDA is open to collaboration on ICT training with the Abuja Municipal Area Council for the maximum benefit of its residents.