- Federal government parastatal, National Information Technology Development Agency has been shortlisted for an international award
- The agency was named in the public affairs category alongside others from Irealnd, Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom
- The campaign was earlier endorsed by the minister of communication and digital economy, Professor Ali Ibrahim Pantami
FCT, Abuja - The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has been shortlisted for the Digital Communication Awards (DCA) for its campaign on Digital Innovation for Economic Prosperity.
NITDA was named in the public affairs category alongside the Irish Pharmac*eutical Healthcare Association, PLMR Communication of the United Kingdom, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber Wirtschaftskammer Österreich and IHK Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Kiel, Germany.
The DCA, hosted by Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Germany, was launched in 2011 as a contest in digital communications on practical and academic levels.
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The NITDA campaign executed by Image Merchant Promotion, publishers of PRNigeria and Economic Confidential, involved the creation of a portal, media coverage and weekly well-researched articles.
It culminated in a book, "Digital Innovation for Economic Prosperity in Nigeria" authored by Inyene Ibanga, which highlights the roles of regulatory bodies in the use of IT in all spheres and explores ways the country can deploy technology tools to provide solutions to economic challenges.
The campaign endorsed by the minister of communication and digital economy, Professor Ali Ibrahim Pantami, enhances a positive perspective on Digital Innovation and Digital Economy and encourages stakeholders, investors and startups to key into the sector which has recorded an unprecedented contribution to the GDP.
FG rolls out code for regulating Twitter, Facebook, others
Recall that NITDA recently announced the release of new regulations guiding the operation of social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
The agency made the announcement of the new regulation on Monday, June 13 via a statement by its spokesperson, Hadiza Umar.
According to Umar, the new regulation is expected to guide and protect the fundamental human rights of Nigerians and non-Nigerians living in the country as well as define guidelines for interacting in the digital ecosystem.
2023: FCI to partner with other agencies to combat fake news
In a related development, FactCheck Initiative (FCI) has created a team for a cause that will involve partnering with the government and other agencies in other to have free, fair, and peaceful elections in Nigeria void of any form of violence in 2023.
The main aim of this cause will be to spot, examine and respond to the impact caused by any misleading information ahead of the upcoming 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
Adeoye Temitope, country director, FactCheck Initiative says stopping fake news and misinformation is the inspiration behind the project.