BY CHIBUZOR EMEJOR,
National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is calling for input from stakeholders in an effort to enrich the Nigeria ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vision document currently being reviewed.
A statement on Wednesday by Mrs. Hadiza Umar, Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations of NITDA explained that the document has already been subjected to internal reviews by some key Government agencies where insightful feedback and updates were received.
Umar added that in an effort to enrich the document and in line with the Agency’s policy of participatory regulation, industry stakeholders and the general public were called upon to review the document also.
It would be recalled that NITDA, under the current administration of Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, played host to the maiden edition of the ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship stakeholders meeting on the 31st October 2017.
The objective of the meeting was to collectively identify the challenges of stakeholders and identify strategies to address them for a thriving technology ecosystem.
Several representatives from the government, hubs, banks, investor networks, academia, media and technology entrepreneurs were in attendance.
Furthermore, President Muhammadu Buhari at e-Nigeria 2017, charged NITDA to develop policies and strategies that would change Nigeria’s narrative from being a tech-consuming to a tech-producing country.
“To unlock our national potential, NITDA proposes a number of urgent measures to connect, educate and enable digital innovation.
“This birthed the Nigeria ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vision (NIIEV).
“The NIIEV comprises policy recommendations and incentives on the key components for building a tech ecosystem and are categorised into three themes which include digital infrastructure, education reform, skills development and R&D; and supporting the ecosystem for Innovative entrepreneurship,” Umar explained.
She said NITDA through its subsidiary, the Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) had worked directly with entrepreneurs, hubs and hub networks to review the best practices across Africa and around the world to support digital transformation in Nigeria.
The stakeholders are encouraged to make their contributions through https://niiev.ictinnovation.
All the portals for the review are open from 13th November 2018 to 27th November, 2018.