Capacity building is an important aspect of the Agency’s Mandates. The NITDA Act of 2007 specified the following activities as part of the mandate of the Agency- the creation of a framework for planning, research, development, standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria and all matters related thereto and for that purpose, and which without detracting from the generality of the foregoing shall include providing universal access for Information Technology and systems penetration including rural, urban and under-served areas.
This shows that human capacity development for Nigerians is an important statutory responsibility for NITDA. Empirical evidence suggests that citizens require a proper and adequate knowledge of Information Technology to take advantage of advances in IT goods and services for the advancement of the society. Information Technology is widely regarded as a key enabler of development, and IT-enabled capacity development is a catalyst for stimulating such development in all sectors of the economy.
IT TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY (PWDs)
NITDA extended its capacity development programme to people living with disabilities in order to increase the economic growth of Nigerians. The initiative is ongoing based on the successes recorded by the previous editions and the recommendations from the participants, which have made NITDA, adopt it as an annual programme for physically challenged youths. The first edition of the training was conducted in 2014 in the federal capital territory, Abuja afterwards the 2015 and 2016 editions were also held in Abuja where as the 2017 edition was held in Gombe state. The Agency has trained a total number of two hundred (200) participants so far. The objectives of the training and empowerment program are to:
- Encourage entrepreneurial spirit among the People Living with Disabilities;
- Eradicate poverty and hardship on People living with disabilities; and
- Enable participants to be competent and employ the tools of technology to enhance their living standards.
ICT TRAINING FOR CEOs of MDAs
The Agency intends to close this gap within the next 2 years ensuring that all Nigerian Executives are properly informed on the National e-government agenda as well as exposed to e-government training.
The Agency organized and hosted the “e-Government capacity building for CEOs and Heads of MDAs”. The program was conducted in two phases in order to cover the large number of Public institutions in Nigeria. Seventy-six percent (76%) of participants had no prior exposure to e-Government training.
The aim of the workshop was to support executives in reducing the rate of failure of ICT projects and sensitize them on the Nigerian e-Government Master Plan which seeks to enhance the transparency, efficiency and quality of government services. The specific objectives of capacity building program are to:
- Effectively improve the utilization of ICT to and the quality of service rendered to citizens, businesses and other governmental institutions;
- Facilitate better management and successful adoption of e-government in MDAs;
- Ensure efficiency in the delivery of government services to citizens, businesses and other governmental institutions; and
- Effectively reduce the volumes of failed ICT projects within their organization and the country.
ICT TRAINING FOR WOMEN
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in carrying out its mandate for ICT capacity building organizes training for Women in ICT, covering key skill areas in entrepreneurship, business, ICT and communication. This program is organized to key into the Federal Governments Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and also to support digital literacy and reduce the gender gap in ICT. The information and communication sector is growing and creating thousands of new jobs every year and providing opportunities for development.
The objectives of the training are to:
- Increase participants employment opportunities;
- Increase awareness and use of business promotion tools;
- Increase access to e-business tools;
- Introduce women to support networks – Financial, technology, advocacy etc., both online and offline, which they can harness to promote their entrepreneurial and career pursuits;
- Enhance potentials to use ICT for socio-economic improvements;
- Increase ability for trained women to work from home;
- Increase ability for trained women to access distance learning and distance work programs and opportunities;
- Improve ability for trained women to share experiences using ICT as a medium; and
- Improve access to banking micro and macro enterprise systems.