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The Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, joined other panelists at the yearly #eNigeria2019 Conference, Exhibitions and Awards organised by (NITDA) which took place at International Conference Center, Abuja.
The Director General however assured Nigerians that NITDA’s target for the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), is to create 300,000 jobs, and that it is already ongoing.
Kashifu further noted that the Economy is driven by Data and Information. Therefore to survive in the disruptive world, people need to provide developmental regulations. He also stated that, this year, the Agency issued a regulatory instrument – the Nigerian Data Protection Regulations (NDPR), which is aimed at establishing new industry and create jobs in the country.
While applauding the directive given by President Muhammadu Buhari for Ministries, Departments and Agencies to comply with ongoing transition of all government operations to digital platforms that will enhance efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery, and promote more inter-agency synergy.
Also speaking about the Contributions of ICT to the economy, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami says the synergy between the Ministry and NCC has lead to the deactivation of improper registration of about 9 million invalidly registered SIM cards, many of which were used to undermine the nation’s security by criminal elements.
The Conference which had panelists from various agencies, ministries, Academia and other relevant fields spoke on the sub-theme: “Creating an Innovation Ecosystem for Sustainable Digital Economy”. And other topics like; Identifying and Promoting Key Enablers of the National Innovation System and chances of creating digital job opportunities through developmental regulation.
The Two-Day: eNigeria 2019 Conference, Exhibitions and Awards dwelt on Creating New Digital Opportunities Through Developmental Regulation. How Digital economy can foster transparency, speed of transactions & ecosystem growth. Seamless identification and unification of data are key to the sustainability of the digital economy amongst other pertinent issues.
The conference was graced by the President of Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, who was represented by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Chairman Senate Committee on Communications, a representative of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Governor of Nasarawa State, His Excellency Abdullahi Sule, heads of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of government, and representatives of many international agencies.