As Nigeria’s economic system continues to float from oil and fuel to digital economic system and knowledge know-how, the Director-Normal (DG) of Nationwide Data Know-how 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 enjoying host to the Senate Committee Chairman on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Bashiru at NITDA headquarters, Abuja.
In keeping with Inuwa, the NITDA Act, which was signed in 2007, has change into out of date, irrelevant and unfit to help Nigeria obtain her aims of digital economic system and inexperienced vitality insurance policies.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 correct pedestal to make data and knowledge know-how, synthetic intelligence growth and different parts 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, akin to repealing the NITDA Act.
“We’d like a legislation to assist us institutionalize and make it work. Even a few of the vocabularies utilized in that legislation are out of date and now not in use.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 attainable, to allow us succeed within the space of inexperienced vitality and knowledge know-how.
“We see IT or digital units as enabling every thing we do. About 80% of what we do on a regular basis is powered by digital know-how.
“How will we use synthetic intelligence to enhance our farm merchandise and methods to predict and share details about our farm. It’s by the know-how made out there to us”, Inuwa mentioned.
He mentioned the company was already working with the workplace of the Lawyer-Normal 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When repealed, the brand new NITDA Act would assure the protection of private knowledge of Nigerians in addition to empowering NITDA in implementing the digital economic system and knowledge know-how.
The legislation would additionally give the company the capability to control data know-how based mostly 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 attainable collaborations in its duties, additionally alluded to the necessity for an enabling legislation to permit the company operate optimally.
“The ninth Senate wouldn’t hesitate to work with any company that’s keen 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 could overshoot. The areas of inexperienced vitality, ecosystem and agricultural productiveness can be an awesome 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 international locations for meals productions”, the lawmaker mentioned.
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 Financial system, is predicted to champion the roadmap for the implementation of digital economic system coverage of the Federal Authorities.