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Mr. Lawrence Dirisu

Lawrence Dirisu (a.k.a Professor),  is the Head of the Freedom of Information Unit (FOIU) at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), he orchestrates the implementation and management of policies, procedures, and practices pertaining to freedom of information requests and disclosures.

An experienced Private and Public Sector Information Technology professional with over 27 years of providing solutions using design thinking techniques; skilled in Networking, Data Centers Design, Network Infrastructure Design, Process Development, Project management, IT security, Systems Analysis, Software Development, Systems Architecture, System Administration, IT Regulations, Support Services and Operations with vast experience in Management. A self-motivated and results-driven individual with an unwavering commitment to corporate service excellence and the ability to adapt quickly while being focused on team performance & productivity goals. A strong proponent of Upstream ICT skills upscaling and mentorship for National Development with support for Open Source Technologies, Quality Assurance for indigenous software for global competitiveness and adaptation of Technology via Ethical revised engineering for ICT technologies self-sufficiency. Before this role, he headed a Division and  Played a pivotal role in setting up the Research and Development Department, overseeing technology acquisition, adoption, adaptation, research, and partnership initiatives. Also, he was the Deputy Director and head of the Training and Software Development Division under the Information Technology Infrastructure and Solutions (IT IS), where he supervised the planning and implementation of IT skills development and the Digital Literacy initiative of the Agency in collaboration with the relevant department, including the activities of NITDA Academy for Research and Training (NART), Partners programmes such as Cisco Academy, Huawei Academy, Microsoft Academy etc. At various times, he headed the IT Professional Development and Outreach Unit, the Capacity Development Unit, under the Department of Infrastructure and Technical Support Services (ITSS) where he coordinated the setting of 22 Cisco Local Academies in partnership with Cisco across the Country including Ghana. Before Joining the Agency in 2004, Lawrence had over 9 years of experience in the private sector spanning Network deployment and capacity development for various MDAs and Banks that were just relocating and establishing their branches in the Federal Capital Territories.

 He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the prestigious University of Benin, Edo State. He bagged his master’s degree in computer science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He is currently a PhD research fellow at the Ahmadu Bellow University, Zaria. In addition, Lawrence has acquired over 15 top-notch skills and certifications in and outside the country in the best IT, professional bodies and management organisations such as Cisco, ISO, Microsoft, COBIT, ITIL, Lagos Business School, SECO Institute Netherland,


He is a fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society, a Member, of the Computer Professional ( Registration ) Council (MCPN), a Member, of Academia in Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and a member, of Nigeria Information Technology Professional in Civil and Public Service and an Alumni of the Lagos Business School.


Lawrence has served in various Federal Government Committees including Members of Nigeria’s Delegation to South Korea that Developed the eGovernment Master Plan; Chairman of the Technical Sub Committee for Transition Implementation Committee (TIC) on The Handing Over of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Services, Provided By Webb Fontaine Limited (WFL) To Nigeria Customs Service (NCS); Focal Point on Task Force on Electronics and ICT for group of Developing Eight (D-8) Industrial Cooperation Country, hosted by Nigeria in 2017; and Member, Technical Audit Committee for The Assessment of Nigeria Police Force Technology and Human Capacity Asset among others.