As Nigeria’s economic system continues to float from oil and gasoline to digital economic system and information know-how, the Director-Basic (DG) of Nationwide Data Expertise Growth Company (NITDA), Dr. Kashifu Inuwa, has referred to as on each chambers of the Nationwide Meeting to repeal the NITDA Act of 2007.
Dr. Inuwa made this name Thursday night, whereas taking part in host to the Senate Committee Chairman on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Bashiru at NITDA headquarters, Abuja.
In line with Inuwa, the NITDA Act, which was signed in 2007, has turn out to be out of date, irrelevant and unfit to help Nigeria obtain her aims of digital economic system and inexperienced vitality insurance policies.
He added that, the company was already on the precise pedestal to make data and information know-how, synthetic intelligence improvement and different elements of digital economic system work for Nigeria, however expressed fears and worries that such insurance policies wouldn’t work with out an enabling legal guidelines, similar to repealing the NITDA Act.
“We want a regulation to assist us institutionalize and make it work. Even a few of the vocabularies utilized in that regulation are out of date and now not in use. We have to change quite a lot of issues and we have to try this as quickly as doable, to allow us succeed within the space of inexperienced vitality and knowledge know-how.
“We see IT or digital gadgets as enabling every little thing we do. About 80% of what we do on a regular basis is powered by digital know-how.
“How can we use synthetic intelligence to enhance our farm merchandise and the way to predict and share details about our farm. It’s by means of the know-how made accessible to us”, Inuwa stated.
He stated the company was already working with the workplace of the Lawyer-Basic of the Federation and related authorities, to submit a clear modification Invoice to the Nationwide Meeting for legislative work.
When repealed, the brand new NITDA Act would assure the protection of non-public information of Nigerians in addition to empowering NITDA in implementing the digital economic system and information know-how.
The regulation would additionally give the company the capability to manage data know-how primarily based on Federal Authorities’s aims, whereas selling native and indigenous merchandise and making Nigeria a hub for improvements.
Earlier, the Spokesman of the Senate, Senator Bashiru expressed satisfaction, on behalf of the Senate, over the progress made by NITDA in data know-how and digital economic system.
The lawmaker, whereas assuring the company of doable collaborations in its duties, additionally alluded to the necessity for an enabling regulation to permit the company operate optimally.
“The ninth Senate wouldn’t hesitate to work with any company that’s prepared to assist the nation transfer.
“We’ve a rustic that the inhabitants is rising and it’s projected that within the subsequent 10 years it will overshoot. The areas of inexperienced vitality, ecosystem and agricultural productiveness can be an excellent problem, if we don’t plan forward. We look ahead to your company to help in data know-how by giving the wanted information for the expansion of agriculture and our nationwide economic system.
“We must be internet exporters of meals and to not he counting on different nations for meals productions”, the lawmaker stated.
Senator Bashiru additionally charged the DG to stern the capability of his group to have the ability to match the workforce wanted for the training of the youthful generations and in assembly up with the worldwide development of digital know-how.
NITDA was established by President Olusegun Obasanjo in yr 2001, as a hub for creating data know-how for Nigeria. The company, beneath the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economic system, is predicted to champion the roadmap for the implementation of digital economic system coverage of the Federal Authorities.