Buhari Explains Reappointment of Kashifu Inuwa As NITDA Director General
- Buhari says he reappointed Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi as DG of National Information Technology due to the success he recorded
- According to the president, this follows evaluation of parastatals under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy
- Meanwhile, the president highlighted his administration's commitment to diversification of the economy through development of policies
President Muhammadu Buhari said he reappointed Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi as Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, due to the agency's remarkable successes.
Buhari made the disclosure in his address at the launch of the National Policy on the Nigerian Government Second-Level Domains and National Data Strategy in State House, Abuja.
The president said following the evaluation of parastatals under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, he observed NITDA's outstanding execution in different areas of its mandate.
Buhari highlighted his administration's commitment to diversification of the economy through development of policies, design of programmes, and implementation of projects in the digital economy sector since 2019.
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The president said the diversity has been successful considering the contribution of the ICT sector to Nigeria's gross domestic product in the second quarter of 2022 which stood at 18.44%, compared to the contribution of the oil sector which was 6.33% in the same period.
"In December 2022, I approved for the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), to travel to the United States of America to engage SpaceX to complete the process of deployment of StarLink services in Nigeria.
"We are glad that StarLink services are already deployed. This has made Nigeria the first and only African country to have this link. With the deployment, we will have 100 percent broadband peneetration. This is a major milestone in our digital economy journey.
"Since October 2019, we have developed a total of 21 new national policies and strategies and I will be unveiling two of these today, namely the National Policy on the Nigerian Government Second-Level Domains and the National Data Strategy.
"This number of policies is unprecedented and quite commendable. All the policies and strategies are national instruments to support Nigeria’s digital economy at the national and sub-national levels for significant development across all sectors.
"It is our responsibility to give our country a good name in cyberspace and the National Policy on Nigerian Government Second-Level Domains is a step in this direction. Digital identity has been actively promoted by our administration for a sustainable and secure digital economy."
"Thank you': President Buhari sends warm greetings to Mamman Nami for his role in Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari warmly felicitates with the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Muhammad Mamman Nami on his 55th birthday, praising him for making commendable efforts to raise government revenues, especially at this time of great need.
President Buhari notes that the leadership and guidance of Nami has repositioned operations and staff of the agency, using technological tools to institute far more transparency, accountability, and effectiveness, which has, in turn, translated into the increased capacity to deliver on mandate with results manifestly seen.
The president commends the Executive Chairman for bringing many years of experience in financial services to bear on the foremost tax regulator, with a growing impact on the economy, especially as the government expands and prioritizes infrastructure development.