The Chairman of the Senate Committee on ICT and Cyber Security, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari has called on the Agency to strive hard to actualise the positive impacts the Agency was established to achieve.
Sen. Buhari made this call when the Senate Committee on ICT and Cyber Crime visited the Agency on an oversight function.
He urged NITDA to embark on massive re-orientation to change the public perception about the Agency. “We can start on a new slate. We need re-orientation of excellence and we are solidly behind you to achieve this. Everybody needs to take his job seriously and if this is done we don’t need to go for oversight functions”, he said.
Expressing his gratitude for the visit, The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami disclosed that NITDA would soon unveil a new roadmap, aimed at prioritizing its mandates with a view of deepening the impacts of ICT in the country.
Speaking further on NITDA’s Mandate, he stated that due to the broad mandate the Agency is saddled with, “there is need to prioritize the core functions of the Agency and employ the use of scale of preference to determine what can be quickly done in the area of ICT to compliment the revenue accruable from oil”.
“We have more than 30 mandates and we are now at the final stage of designing the strategic plans that will help us in repositioning the Agency. I can tell you now that the work on the strategic plan is 90% completed. We are to put the Agency back to its primary functions and award less of contracts”, He said.
Dr. Ibrahim-Pantami maintained that the Agency would reduce the tempo at which it awards contract and play most of regulatory roles. “Awarding contract for Knowledge Access Centre and Community Access Centre are parts of our mandate but we are going to reduce it because we cannot stop it”.
While listing some of the strategies the Agency would employ in actualizing it’s vision, the NITDA boss stated that NITDA would play more of regulatory roles in the ICT industry, improve on capacity development by ensuring that the impacts of the Agency’s interventions on the scholarship scheme translates to job creations and empower the local manufacturers of ICT products through collaboration with the view to diversify the Nigerian economy.
The Chairman affirmed the readiness of the senate to work with the Agency.