Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, has reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to collaborate with the Ministry of Communications, Technology, and Innovations of Sierra Leone.
Abdullahi reiterated this commitment during a recent meeting with the Minister of Communications, Technology, and Innovations of Sierra Leone, Ms. Salima Bah.
The commitment is part of the agency’s strategic move aimed to achieve its objectives outlined in its Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP)
Representing the director general Dr. Aristotle Onumo, Director of the Corporate Planning and Strategy Department, conveyed NITDA’s dedication to fostering innovation while emphasizing the importance of co-creation, stakeholder engagements, and innovation in driving the agency’s regulatory agenda.
He emphasized the necessity of collaboration among stakeholders within and beyond the public sector, highlighting the establishment of Digital Transformation Working Groups within ministries to ensure policy relevance across governmental agencies.
Abdullahi stressed the importance of stakeholder engagement and understanding their needs, problems, and concerns. He underscored the significance of developing laws and policies that effectively address these concerns.
Regarding service delivery monitoring, the NITDA boss stressed the importance of annual submission of IT plans by government agencies to ensure alignment with NITDA’s objectives and highlighted the agency’s use of IT clearance as a mechanism for enforcing standards.
Minister Bah said collaboration will drive Africa forward in emerging technologies such as AI and blockchain, advocating for leveraging these technologies for mutual benefit rather than mere consumption.
She noted that the meeting signifies a pivotal step towards fostering cross-border collaboration and advancing digital innovation within the African continent.