The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is a public service institution established by NITDA Act 2007 as the ICT policy implementing arm of the Federal Ministry of Communication of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Agency is responsible for implementing the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and also coordinating general Information Technology development in Nigeria.
In recent times and in line with contemporary best practices, the overall direction and strategic initiatives of the Agency have been guided by a rolling Five-Year Roadmap and Action Plan developed by the management team. The previous Roadmap and Action Plan ended in 2020 and the process for putting in place a new 2021-2024 Roadmap and Action Plan led to the development and documentation process.
Key Elements of the Strategy
In line with the NDEPS and the mandate of NITDA, the Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan 2021 – 2024 has been anchored on seven strategic pillars. These pillars are in consonance with the current aspirations of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the dictates of NDEPS and the ambitions of NITDA in facilitating the digital transformation of the country. Other key features of the strategy are as follows:
- every strategic pillar has a defining goal to be achieved by the end of year 2024;
- a strategic pillar mapping is created for each pillar and shows the following:
- the goal of the pillar;
- the particular initiatives attached to the pillar;
- the objective of each of the initiatives; and
- the desired impact of the initiative.
- each initiative is further broken down into activities with an implementation plan that will guide their execution;
- for every initiative, there is a results monitoring framework that identifies the KPIs for the particular initiative and shows how progress can be monitored; and
- to ensure that the implementation of SRAP is as seamless as possible, a number of workstreams were introduced to take primary ownership of the implementation process and activities.
|NDEPS Pillar||NITDA Mandate|
|To create an enabling environment, through frameworks, standards, guidelines and regulatory instruments, for the development of the IT sector to serve as the enabler for a sustainable Nigerian digital economy|
Digital Literacy and Skills
|To intervene in the development of digital technology by supporting, promoting and facilitating digital skills and literacy programs and the development of innovative solutions for adoption and use in every facet of national life||Digital Literacy and Skills|
|Digital Services Development and Promotion||To create opportunities for the development of homegrown technology and solutions in software, hardware and services, including the indigenous manufacture of competitive IT components, to meet the needs of the country, create jobs and wealth, compete globally and generate foreign exchange earnings||Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship|
Indigenous Content Development and Adoption
|Promotion of Indigenous Content|
|To assess, evaluate and advise on the use of digital technology by the Federal Government and to promote wholesome practices in the online environment|
|Advise the Government on ways of promoting the development of information technology in Nigeria including appropriate information technology legislation, to enhance national security and vibrancy of the industry|
|Digital Society and Emerging Technologies||Determine critical areas in Information Technology requiring research intervention and development in those areas||Emerging Technologies|