IT initiatives save Nigeria N24b monthly, reveals NITDA D-G
Dr. Isa Pantami, Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said the “implementation of Nigeria’s IT initiatives has saved the country N24 billion monthly”.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Dr. Pantami stated this representing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at an event put together by the Nordic Countries in Nigeria, with the theme: “Nordic Nigeria Connect: Innovating for Change”.
The Nordic Countries in Nigeria – Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark – put the event together to share their experiences with the country in the areas of industrial robots, smart city, educational tools, transport solutions and energy efficiency.
The programme is aimed at complementing Nigeria’s efforts towards realisation of her diversification agenda.
The NITDA D-G who hailed the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for making concerted efforts to ensure that Nigerian citizens are second and most happiest country like Nordic citizens, said, “the monies being saved can be channeled to other developmental project”.
He further stated that, “This administration has made deliberate efforts to encourage foreign investment by putting in place strategic policies to strengthen global relations.
“Nigeria, particularly under the present administration has made a lot of investments in technology innovation and has taken technology entrepreneurship to an unprecedented level”.
Pantami said Nigeria has many policies in place that are specifically aimed at supporting technology innovation like the executive orders 003 and 005.
“Some of these policies include the Visa on Arrival, online company registration within 24hrs, tax holidays, and among others. Special trainings have also been established to promote innovation for startups and techpreneurs
He stated that the relationship between Nigeria and Nordic countries have been in existence for long and that Nigeria has benefitted from the Nordic Countries.
“Nigerian government is making deliberate efforts in promoting collaboration on investments and technology transfers. Nigeria looks up to Nordic Countries in so many areas especially in Judiciary.
“In Nigeria, the administration of Buhari is also making concerted efforts to ensure that Nigerian citizens are second and most happiest country like Nordic citizens,” he said.