Lagos - The government has inaugurated a new board for the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) which is tasked with driving the growth of the sector.
Dr Tosin Ajayi chairs the board that included prominent political and legal figures such as Musa Bello, Alhaji Saidu Gwadabe, Ben Bako, Wilson Chinedu, Harami Balami, Segun Ilorin, Sa’ adatu Ayitogo and Emmanuel Ighomena.
A statement by government said other members of the board included representatives of the Ministries of Science and Technology, Communication Technology and Education, Standards Organization of Nigeria, Nigeria Society of Engineers and the Director General of NITDA among others.
Inaugurating the board, Minister of Information Technology, Omobola Johnson, urged them to come up with strategies on how best to achieve the objectives for which the Agency was established.
She also urged them to quickly come up with solution to enhance the growth of indigenous ICT companies.
“ICT is the heart of global economies and Nigeria is no different. We are committed to leveraging on the tools of ICT for the socio economic development of this country and the inauguration of this Board today is a quantum leap in that direction,” she said.
The Minister decried the low inclusion of women in the ICT sector, noting that only one female member –Ajayi-was on the Board.
Ajayi, in her remarks, assured the minister that the board will do everything possible to move the ICT sector forward.
“IT is the most important tool ever created by mankind and together with the able Management of NITDA, we will leave no stone unturned in exploiting the benefits of IT for the greater good of the country,” she said.
– CAJ News