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Pantami Leads Nigeria’s Delegation to GITEX 2019



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Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, minister of Communications will be leading major Nigerian businesses and economic players to attend this year’s Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX 2019) in Dubai, United Arab Emirate from October 6-10, 2019.


This was contained in a statement released by Mrs Hadiza Umar, head, Corporate Affairs & External Relations Unit, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)


According to the statement, “The country’s delegation will be joining over 200, 000 trade visitors from over 145 countries of the world to share trends in technology and look into the future of the ICT industry.


“The Minister will offer insights on how investors can get maximum ‘Return on Investments’ (RoIs) from the ICT sector of the economy.


“Pantami will be demonstrating why Nigeria is the bride of the moment and a place to be for investment due to the present administration’s ability to turn the country’s challenges to opportunities; and how the ease of doing business policy of the government has transformed the economic climate of the country especially in the ICT sector.


“The sessions will offer firsthand investment information on the increasing opportunities in the industry vertical areas of Education, Cybersecurity, eGovernment, Startups, Retails, Energy, Healthcare, Fintech, and Agrotech industries.


“It is no longer news that Nigeria has the largest ICT market in the continent of Africa as she maintains her lead as the Africa’s largest economy.


“The most populous black nation in the world will be showcasing her ICT investment potentials at the Nigerian Country Pavilion and the Nigerian Startup Pavilion”.


The five days GITEX 2019 Technology week will feature several hours of conferences, forums, tech talks and meetings with the main theme: “Synergizing the Mind and Technology Economy” covering sectors like Future Mobility, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Smart Cities, 5G, Gitex and Lifestyle Tech among others”.


Discussant will x-ray why venture capitalists and angel investors should be looking at Africa’s largest economy for startup funding.


In a related development, Mr. KashifuInuwa Abdullahi, director general/chief executive officer, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), will be co-hosting the GITEX Africa Investment Forum (AIF) on October 9, 2019 inside the Dubai World Trade Centre.


The AIF will feature speakers and audience from across the continent sharing Africa’s inspiring growth curves and challenges as the continent grapples with diverse development issues.


Nigeria remains the top funding hub for tech startups in Africa with an investment of about $334.5million as at January 2019 according to a report by AppsAfrica.


Meanwhile, the AIF will be offering an interactive and pitch session for Nigeria startups with focused discussion on what to know about Nigeria’s tech startup ecosystem.


Nigeria, by the size of her equity investment, drew more venture capital in 2018 and has sustained that trend in 2019 than its Southern and Eastern African counterparts.


The AIF will also be hosting a session on Accelerating Sustainable Chinese Investment in Africa’s Infrastructure Lessons from the Belt and Road Initiative, where the different perspectives on the impact of trade and investment from Chinese stakeholders; from funding major infrastructure alongside strategic entry by technology companies like Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu are helping the advancement of industries in Africa.


There will also be a CEO Connect Hosted by Gulf Africa where discussions will give real world perspective to help prepare startups to take on and succeed in doing business in Africa.


Notable CEOs featuring includes; William Skidmore, Editor, Gulf Africa Review, Lare Ayoola, CEO TRANTER IT, Evelyn Lewis, CEO SBTS Group among others.


The highlights for Nigeria on the AIF will be the two important sessions on: ‘Nigeria Focus: Presentations & Panel Discussions Hosted by NITDA, Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria & High Investment Potential in Nigeria’s ICT sector to be delivered by the Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and ‘Special Remarks by NITDA, on “NITDA as an Enabler of Technology Investment in Nigeria” by KashifuInuwa Abdullahi.


Discussants like Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro, Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND);Jelani Aliyu, Director General, Nigeria Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC);Ms Abimbola Alele, Managing Director/CEO, Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT);Agu Collins Agu, Ph.D. Director of Corporate Planning & Strategy, NITDA, and Dr. Evans Woherem, Chairman Digital Africa Group will feature on Investors Panel: Leveraging the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria Africa’s Largest Economy.



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Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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NDPR to Safeguard Personal Data of Nigerians -DG NITDA



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Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has disclosed that the motive behind the issuance of Nigerian Data Protection Regulations, (NDPR) by the Agency was to safeguard the right of natural persons to data privacy, fostering safe conduct for transactions involving the exchange of personal data, enablement of Nigerian businesses to be globally compliant and competitive and to create jobs for Nigerians.


Mallam Abdullahi revealed this Friday while delivering the keynote address  at the 6th annual conference of Institute Internal Auditors of Nigeria, (IIAN) with the theme:, “Agility and Resilience” which was held on zoom conference platform.


The Conference aimed at preparing participants across Internal Audits, Internal Controls, risk management, revenue and Government assurance and other business professionals to learn how to leverage on new technologies and procedures towards actualisation of the organisation’s goals and objectives.


The NITDA DG who was represented Director e-Government Development and Regulations, Dr Vincent Olatunji stated that since inception of the Agency in 2001, it has been playing a catalytic roles to spur the infusion of technology into nation’s work processes reiterating that the Agency plays “critical roles in capacity development, provision of working tools for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).


“NITDA also has an existing arrangement with the office of the Auditor General of the Federation to aid the office in the discharge of its activities.”


Mallam Abdullahi said, “The Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) was issued on 25th January, 2020 by my predecessor, DrIsa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.


“As part of his think-tank then, our thinking was that Nigeria needed to quickly provide a regulatory framework for the processing of personal data.


“This was even more pertinent in consideration of the global implications of non-performance.


“Businesses where losing bids because investors felt there was no data privacy regime in Nigeria.


“The Agency’s implementation of the NDPR has been innovative and impact oriented. For the first time in data protection implementation, auditors became recognised as Data Protection Compliance Organisations (DPCO)”.


He maintained that NITDA has 72 licensed DPCOs among which are members of this “august body,” adding that “this posture is not as a result of lack of professionals in the IT industry, rather, we have made conscious efforts to carry every relevant stakeholder along in our developmental regulatory strategy.


“ I hope this noble institute would repay NITDA’s generosity by imbibing ethical and professional principles on your members for better implementation of the Regulation.”


Earlier in his remarks, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, New Capital Cooperatives Society Mr. Benedict Anyalenka while commending the organisers of the conference affirmed that data privacy and protection should be a requisite skill needed for development of the Information Technology Sector as it would create platform for protection of information against unauthorized usage.


Anyalenka, however, called for proper awareness on the importance of data privacy among organisations and stakeholders across the country to safeguard citizens’ data.

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FG Reveals Plans to Deploy Technology in the Health Sector



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As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government of Nigeria has announced plans to deploy information and communications technology (ICT) in the country’s health sector.

This is part of the plans to achieve transparency and accountability in health care delivery across the country.

Dr. Ngozi R. C. Azodoh, director, Special Projects, Federal Ministry of Health, who represented Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire, Honourable Minister of Health, revealed this while speaking at MTN Nigeria’s Revv Programme masterclass on Thursday, September 17, 2020 .

The virtual session themed ‘Bridging the healthcare divide through technology and partnerships’ had in attendance health sector experts including Chief Executive Officer, Hygeia HMO Limited, Obinnia Abajue; Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder, Afya Care, Kola Oni; Managing Director, Ingress Health Partners, Dr. Orode Doherty and Chief Executive Officer, Tremendoc Limited, Ugochukwu Chikezie. The session was moderated by the General Manager, Business Development, MTN Nigeria, Omotayo Ojulatayo.

According to Azodoh, the federal government has put structures in place to utilise ICT as part of efforts to standardise the healthcare system.

“The government is working hand in hand with state governments across the country to maintain transparency and accountability, adding that ICT and other forms of electronic platforms are currently being improved and expanded following the federal government’s COVID intervention”.

She also shared that the ministry is willing to support small businesses in the sector imploring the participating SMEs to seize the opportunities provided by The Revv Programme.

“I want to ask everyone who is listening to write to the MTN Revv team and say this is one thing I want the Federal Ministry of Health to do to help my business then we can engage on how to proceed,” she enthused.

In her parting remarks, she also commended MTN Nigeria for providing a platform for SMEs to expand their capacity. “I must commend MTN for this excellent initiative. It has been very productive for me and an opportunity to transfer knowledge.”

The Revv Programme is an initiative from MTN Nigeria to help small businesses rethink and retool their operations in order to withstand the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic using a four-pronged approach that includes masterclasses, access to market, productivity tools support and advisory initiatives.

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Peace House Charity Foundation Seeks for DCTC Intervention



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Mallam Kashifu InuwaAbdullahi, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), asserted that if we do not empower our people, they become a problem to the society in future.


He made this know on Friday while receiving a delegation from Peace House Charity Foundation,Yola who were at the Agency’s Corporate Headquarter, Abuja to seek for interventions in the areas of ICT.


The representative of the Director General, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, Director eGovernment Development and Regulation stated that one of the mandate of the Agency is the deployment of ICT infrastructure as such the Foundation’s visit at this time is very apt as the Agency is relentlessly working on the implementation of the Digital Economy strategy.


MallamAbdullahi affirmed that Agency at the moment is looking for organisations to partner with to sustain Digital Capacity Training Centres deployed across the country.


He commended the effort of the organisation in assisting orphans with not only providing basic education but also the provision of skills, mentorship and moral upbringing.


Speaking earlier, Mr Mohammad Bello, a Director with the Foundation said that the organisation was at the Agency to seek for ICT intervention and to commend NITDA’s effort in promoting ICT knowledge across the nation.


He stated that the organisation supports education for the orphans and the less privileged,  promote health care delivery especially among women and children, provide sensitisation workshop for parents (mothers) on parenting and matrimonial home, promote unity and encourage self-reliance among the populace.






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