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Minister tasks NITDA on fairness, projects, appointments

By Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze, Abuja
21 July 2016   |   3:36 am
The Minister of Communication Technology, Adebayo Shittu, has challenged the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on spread of its projects, trainings and programmes ...
Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication

Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication

The Minister of Communication Technology, Adebayo Shittu, has challenged the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on spread of its projects, trainings and programmes across the 36 states of the federation.

He warned the organisation against shortchanging any part of the country either in the citing of projects or appointments.

Speaking during a tour of the agency in Abuja, Shittu advised the establishment to give timelines for some of its plans, especially, those that relate to job creation and capacity building to enable it track and evaluate programmes and policies, accordingly.

“You must ensure that your projects, appointments go round the country for equitable spread and fairness. You also need to give timelines for your projects and programmes. This would help you keep track of some of the recorded progress per time and also help in your standing on the opinion of the government in the development of the country,” he said.

Earlier, the Acting Director General of NITDA, Vincent Olatunji, said the agency had trained over 10,000 youths in various areas of ICT in an effort to sustain indigenous capacity in the country.

“Once we excel in this through local content promotion, we would stop importation of some of the key things we could produce here. We have been making online reading available in the country through installation of e-library through wider reader network where 10,000 people could read through the web simultaneously in our institutions,” he added.

Olatunji noted that his agency was working with states to set up smart cities in line with the national IT policy, adding that NITDA had commenced ICT scholarship scheme targeted at training Nigerians in core areas of ICT.

“We have also awarded scholarships to various states in ICT. We are already discussing with foreign universities in this direction whereby they could do exchange programmes,” he added.