National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was created in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and co-ordinate general IT development in the country.
It was mandated by the National Information Technology Development Act (2007) to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria.
Its role therefore is to develop Information technology in the country through regulatory standards, guidelines and policies. Additionally, NITDA is the clearing house for all IT projects and infrastructural development in the country. It is the prime Agency for e-government implementation, Internet governance and general IT development in Nigeria.
In line with implementing its mandate, the Agency oversees the development and deployment of information technology in the country through human capital development, provision of IT infrastructures and creation of an enabling environment for the development of IT. This is to enable Nigeria to become a key player in the global knowledge-based economy.
As a result of the dynamics of IT and multi-faceted effects of its applications, a lot of NITDA initiatives are still on-going while some have been completed.
NITDA hosts annual and periodic conferences, seminars and workshops to awaken the psyche of Nigerians to the appreciation and usage of emerging technologies. And one of the goals of NITDA is to develop globally competitive manpower in IT. Various activities have been embarked upon to fulfill this goal.