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NITDA, NUJ Partner On Digital Journalism

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NITDA Director-General, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi

“Today, anybody can be a journalist without knowing the journalistic ethics” – NITDA DG

Olushola Okunlade Writes

In order to check quackery and the rising cases of fake news in the practice of journalism as well as provide eligible journalists with the latest technological tools with which they will carry out their jobs professionally and be at par with international best practices, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has given a nod to the proposed partnership sought by the national body of the fourth estate of the realm -The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

This was during a courtesy visit by members of the Union, led by its National President, Mr. Chris Isiguzo.

The Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi CCIE, while emphasizing the relevance of emerging technologies in journalism, decried the adverse effect of fake news which he described as unimaginable and a huge threat to the profession.

“Today, anybody can be a journalist without knowing the journalistic ethics. So, how can we address that? We can only do that through this kind of engagement; by training and retraining because journalists need to understand that it is now about digital journalism and for you to engage in that, one needs to understand the technology and be able to verify the information and its source before publishing or broadcasting”.

Although saddled with the mandate of regulating the use of Information Technology (IT) in the country, the DG noted that in recent times, the responsibility has gone beyond establishing the DOs and DON’Ts due to the dynamic nature of technology which he said has further necessitated the need to up the ante in making journalists acclimatized with requisite skills and ‘technology know-how.

“We need to always reskill, update our knowledge and understand how the technology works in order to harness the potentials and use it for better things because technology can be used as either a tool or a weapon; so it is left for the user to decide what should drive the purpose…so everyone has a part to play in ensuring that unscrupulous elements don’t misuse the tech to mislead people”.

While describing journalism as the best medium to sensitize the public on what the Federal Government is doing towards achieving a digital Nigeria,  Inuwa said the partnership would greatly be beneficial to both parties.

“As a government, we have an ambitious target of achieving ninety-five percent digital literacy by twenty-thirty. It is not possible for us to train ninety-five percent of the population on one on one basis, so we need to be innovative; We need to find a way of leveraging on organizations like yours to achieve that because if we can have people writing about digital literacy, the reach would be far wider than what we can do as a government so that’s why we had already even started engaging your members in some states of the federation;  training and letting them know they have a responsibility of helping the government in sanitizing the system so that we can address the challenge of fake news misinformation and disinformation”.

On the forthcoming National Executive Council/ Workshop on Digital Journalism organized by the Union, the NITDA Boss expressed interest in the planned program and assured the body of the agency’s support.

He also encouraged the team to work out the modalities for the interventions/training as requested in order for NITDA to know the number of members and make adequate provisions toward kick-starting the process.

Speaking earlier, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chris Isiguzo while applauding NITDA for the different training sessions held for journalists in Jigawa, Kano, Gombe, Katsina States e.t.c. which he observed are usually accompanied with working tools, said the visit was to formally meet for the first time with the DG and also express the Union’s profound gratitude for the ongoing training packages so far and to seek for partnership at the national level.

“A journalist that is not exposed to constant training and retraining programs is a danger to the society and that’s why what you’re doing, we must applaud and we are also asking that we take it beyond and accommodate more of our people so that they will also benefit; that way, such issues about fake news which of course is about misinformation, disinformation and the rest of them would have been effectively tackled”.

Isiguzo also appealed for digital facilities to be provided for the Union’s National Secretariat and  International Institute of Journalism in order to aid optimal operations.

“There’s a need that we get those facilities because most of our colleagues especially those operating online always come back because they don’t have offices and that’s why the umbrella body there is more like a shade and was provided to everybody that comes and when you have these people operate within one enclave control is easier. So we also want to demonstrate some level of control that’s why we are asking for your assistance with some of these facilities and I believe that it will go a long way in also helping the government and its message against fake news”.

The belief is that the partnership forged during the meeting will ultimately be a step closer towards making journalism practice in Nigeria more technologically driven and devoid of unprofessionalism while NITDA achieves some of its seven pillars in the Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP- 2021-2024) including Digital Literacy and Skills.

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Zulum, Sirika Boost Skills With 12,000 Copies Of Prof Pantami’s Books

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Zulum, Sirika Boost Skills With 12,000 Copies Of Prof Pantami's Books

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The Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, and the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, have supported efforts to boost skills in the country by obtaining 12,000 copies of a recent book on Skills Rather than Just Degrees by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), who is also a Professor of Cybersecurity at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State.

It should be recalled that the book was unveiled on Thursday, 24th of November, 2022 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.  Mr. Brad Smith, the President of Microsoft Corporation, wrote the Foreword to the book.  Skills Rather than Just Degrees focused on the importance of skills and their potential impact in addressing the problems of unemployability, unemployment, and underemployment.  The book is a research and production work implementing the paradigm shift advocated by Professor Pantami and is in alignment with the approach being adopted in leading educational and technological countries like the United States of America, Finland, and India, among others countries.

The book was endorsed and unveiled by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed. Professor Idris Muhammad Bugaje, Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) was one of the personalities that endorsed the book.  A number of Vice Chancellors also endorsed and reviewed the book, including Professor M.A. Abdulazeez, Vice Chancellor of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Professor Owunari Abraham Georgewill, Vice Chancellor of the University of Port-Harcourt and Prof. Sagir Adamu Abbas, Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano.

Zulum, Sirika Boost Skills With 12,000 Copies Of Prof Pantami's Books
Zulum, Sirika Boost Skills With 12,000 Copies Of Prof Pantami's Books

In a bid to boost skilling in Nigeria, Professor Babagana Zulum obtained 10,000 copies of the book for distribution in schools and other institutions in Borno State.  Senator Hadi Sirika also obtained 2,000 copies for distribution in institutions across the country.  Both high-profile personalities were motivated to do this after reading the book and acknowledging the high quality of the content and its capacity to inspire Nigerians to embrace skills as a catalyst for national transformation.  They also encouraged well-meaning Nigerians and institutions to follow their example. It is hoped that other stakeholders will try and circulate the book in their communities.

The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, under Professor Pantami’s leadership, remains committed to implementing the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) in order to ensure that Nigeria’s digital economy remains a leading light and support the country becomes the talent capital of the continent and also the world.


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2022: How NITDA Nigeria Revolutionized Digital Literacy In Nigeria

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African British Set To Honour Mama Diaspora, Sophia Group, Alayo Homes Excellence Awards, Viva Properties, Others To Receive Award …ABIRO Awards 2021 Tagged; Unsung Heroes Excellence Awards, Realtors Exhibitions, and African Beauty Pageant The selected individuals and organisation’s great contributions to humanity thereby empowering thousands of people in the country is a huge success to Nigeria economic growth, this event will feature multiple Award Winning Real Estate Celebrities, PWAN Harmony Realtors; Viva Properties MD/CEO, Ms. Vivian Emmanuel; Alhaji Rotarian M.A. Jimoh Alade; Pastor Olushola Ajani; Alayo Homes among others who will be receiving excellence awards due to consistent services to humanity.The African British Group (AFBIG), led by its Chairman, Otunba (Rotarian) Ja’afaru Braimoh is on course to champion the awakening of the Unsung Heroes Excellence Awards, Realtors Exhibitions, and African Beauty Pageant in Nigeria commencing in Lagos State to celebrate and recognize outstanding Nigerians. To achieve this, the African British Group, alongside its partners has put together the maiden edition of the African British Group with the Theme; “Uniqueness in Diversity and Purposeful Leadership”. According to the organisers, the African British Awards seeks to recognize exceptional individuals who have considerably contributed, through business development and investment, to growth and development in Africa. They maintained that the selected leaders have used their positions and power to impact positive change on the continent. The event which will take place on Saturday, 4 December 2021, at Excellence Hotel Ogba in Lagos, will be attended by many dignitaries and a host of key stakeholders, industry players in the business sector. Speaking about the importance of the ceremony, African British International Group Chairman, Rotarian (Otunba) Jafaru Braimoh, said, “These men and women play a critical role in developing the Nigerian economy and, in proxy, the African economy. The challenges the business sector encountered during the pandemic have created an opportunity to drive sustainable wealth creation and economic development through policies that foster innovation and digitalisation, addressing severe societal challenges. AFBIG is strategically positioned to invite stakeholders in form of partnerships that will foster the growth and development of the Nigerian economy. The Awards Committee said, “The initiative of AFBIG is to recognize our heroes, engage key stakeholders in the business sector is a commendable step to revitalizing the economy and positioning it to attract greater global flows for sustainable economic recovery. For your real estate investment decision in Lagos & other states across Nigeria. Contact VIVA PROPERTIES for free advice consultations and inspections on affordable and genuine lands/homes. DM/Call/WhatsApp: 08173177741/07089132078. To participate in the beauty pageant contest, click here http://bit.ly/3BxXCGu to register or send Curriculum Vitae (CV) to afribritishawards@gmail.com for the African British Beauty Pageant 2021 of African British Award, Real Estate Exhibition, and Beauty Pageant Maiden Show slated for Saturday 4th of December, 2021 at Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Lagos by 12noon. Eligibility: Age limit: 18-45years Good looking Height: from 5 upward Must have two attires: One English wear, one Native wear. Ready to attend the show at the set date. Assessment would be on the WhatsApp group. Note: it’s going to be strictly by invitation. Media partners for the event include BusinessEcho Magazine (Print and digital news) http://www.businessechomagazine.com and ROTA Media News www.rotamedianews.com by ROTA MEDIA CONCEPTS. TAGS

By Rukayya Sadauki.

It is a brand-new year, and 2022 was all but a memory, and for those whose lives were transformed positively by the NITDA, the year will continue to be indelible for their lives.

Since he assumed office in 2019, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi set eyes on transforming the digital landscape of Nigeria to demonstrate that the internet is not only a platform for social engagement and whatnot but also massive job opportunities and skills for millions of Nigeria as the country increasingly becomes more integrated into the global economy and digital infrastructure.

As part of its effort to bolster digital literacy and skills among Nigerian youth, NITDA under Malam Kashifu was able to train 67 members of the Youth and Environmental Development Association (YEDA) on digital marketing.

Journalists were not left behind as the agency managed to train over 100 journalists in 2022 on digital journalism as more and more Nigerians rely on the internet for news updates which means the internet is here to stay in Nigeria.

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullah was also instrumental in training over 300 women on digital skills in a bid to empower women to play active roles in digital content and job opportunities online which is in line with the policy priority of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. This giant stride recorded by Kashifu Inuwa would go down in history as one of the most realistic legacies to empower women and help them be financially independent in the long run.

210 hub managers had been mentored in 2022 alone. 300 participants of MDAs were trained in digital skills in 2022. Over 1500 junior secondary school teachers were trained in digital skills such as online schools, copy editing, online sales, and other necessary skills that are vital to economic development.

Moreover, the NITDA under Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi liaised with Kano State Government to train 53 senior executives on e-government and how to cut down the cost of governance in the state.

With 573 civil servants trained in management leadership; 6644 youths were trained in the Digital Skills transformation Programme across the country; and 1858 beneficiaries were 2022 trained in phone repairs in Nigeria.

NITDA under Kashifu Inuwa did not stop here as the agency keeps trailblazing and preparing the country for digital transition. Scholarships were offered to 652 students: 42 Ph.D. students and 610 MSCs students.

When it comes to empowerment, NITDA distributed 530 laptops and desktops to Nigerian students in 2022. 966 tools of different varieties were provided to trainees, and 485000 have been trained on NART to mention but a few.

  As a result of compliance with National Data Protection Regulation, over 75 domain names had been registered in 2022. 5764 people were trained on NDPR. 985 audits were filled, and the market value of the NDPR soared for the first time ever to 1.2 billion naira.

While these achievements did not take into account several other projects the agency under Kashifu Inuwa embarked, Nigeria is well in a better position to become a hub of digital excellence over the next few years.

With a total population of over 200 million people, training Nigerians on the proper utilization of digital content would present massive opportunities for Nigerian youths who are in a desperate search for jobs to keep their bodies and souls together.

As a result of the training, over 7500 jobs were created in 2022 with multiplier effects. Making a dent in the unemployment rate using digital literacy and skills remains the top policy priority under Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi as he keeps exploring ways and opportunities for Nigerians.

As we enter 2023, our hope is NITDA would continue to demonstrate its willingness to accelerate our digital transition and pave the way for socioeconomic growth.

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FG Priorties Transforming Nigeria Into Hub For Talent And Innovation

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FG Priorties Transforming Nigeria Into Hub For Talent And Innovation

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The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE has said the Federal Government is prioritising efforts to establish Nigeria as a leading hub for talent and innovation in Africa.

Inuwa said this at the closing ceremony of five days digital literacy training for the Mainstream Rural Women Participation and Gender Techpreneurship and Provision of IT Tools for 60 participants organised by NITDA in Oyo town, Oyo state.

FG Priorties Transforming Nigeria Into Hub For Talent And Innovation

The NITDA DG, who was represented by the Ag. Director, Corporate Planning and Strategy, Dr. Aristotle Onumo urged the participants to utilise the knowledge and skills the training offered them to build a career and a new future for themselves in the digital economy space.

He described the training program as a means of “empowering the youths and stimulating the creativity in improving the studious skills of our young people so that they can play their critical roles in the digital economy space.”

“We also hope that all that you have learned today will not stop here but you will become an advocate of the digital economy programs by reaching out to your own people and teaching them what you have learned,” he added.

FG Priorties Transforming Nigeria Into Hub For Talent And Innovation
FG Priorties Transforming Nigeria Into Hub For Talent And Innovation

The Director General of NITDA emphasised the importance of creating a supportive environment to maximize the benefits of the digital economy and technology for individuals and communities, including the agency’s beneficiaries.

The facilitator of the training and Chairman, House Committee on Communications, Honourable Prince Akeem Adeniyi Adeyemi commended the efforts of the Agency and its supervisory ministry, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy for ensuring that digital literacy is penetrating every nook and cranny of the country.

He said, “NITDA has been living to expectation by ensuring that the economy of this country is being driven not only by oil but by ICT.”

Hon. Adeyemi advised the youths to utilise this skill and knowledge the training offered them and ensure that the community also benefits from it.  

“We shall not rest on our oars until a critical mass of our youth benefitted from digital literacy,” he added.

Participants in the five days training were equipped with a laptop, internet dongle, and cash stipend for the establishment of micro-enterprises.

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