The California Metropolitan University (CMU) during the Leaders Without Borders Annual Business (LWD) Summit in London, has conferred an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration (Leadership and Management) on Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi.

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Abdullahi is held in high esteem within  Nigerian tech community and has been instrumental in driving the country’s digital transformation agenda. He is also one of the strong advocates of promoting the use of technology in education, healthcare, agriculture, and other sectors in the country.

The LWD Annual Business Summit is a global event that brings together business leaders, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders from around the world. The summit is designed to promote collaboration and innovation in the business world.

The award was presented to Abdullahi in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contributions to the development of the Nigerian information technology sector in Nigeria.


Abdullahi, who has worked to build partnerships between the Nigerian government and the private sector to accelerate the development of the Nigerian tech industry, has also helped to develop several regulatory frameworks for IT development,

Under him, NITDA embarked on the development of many regulatory frameworks for IT development in government establishment to give rise to digital skills in educational institutions and rural areas of the country; ensure IT knowledge is integrated into the underserved areas and cities so as to develop human capital and provide universal access to digital services with the aim of creating a knowledge-based economy.

The honour from CMU is a significant recognition of Abdullahi’s contributions to the Nigeria IT sector and a testament to his leadership and commitment to driving the country’s digital transformation agenda.


“I extend my gratitude to the university, leaders without borders, and loved ones for their support. I am inspired to drive transformative change and make a positive impact in leadership and management,” said Abdullahi in his acceptance speech even as he thanked CMU for the recognition.

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