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Nigeria, Ghana to partner on IT agenda

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigeria’s Information Technology (IT) clearinghouse and counterpart in Ghana, the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), has agreed to enter into partnership to boost IT agenda among the two countries, reports ITRealms.

Head, Corporate Affairs, NITDA, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, disclosed this in a press statement made asvailable to ITRealms, saying that the two agencies met over the weekend in Accra, Ghana to assess mutual areas of interest and how the two economic powerhouses in West Africa could leverage on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to better improve the economic potentials of these countries.

She also said both countries are to work on agreeable terms to define the nature and scope of the partnership to cover among others: human capital development, ICT startups and entrepreneurship schemes, local content, cybersecurity and smart city. The areas of cooperation will also cover mutual support for each countries IT related events or such public sector led IT events designed to draw investments and developments to the two countries.  

The acting Director-General /CEO of  NITDA, Dr Vincent Olatunji was quoted as stressing the need for both countries as neighbours and as developing countries to identify common goals and common strategies within the sub-region to approach issues as relating to IT “is both important and desirous now so as to raise the economic fortunes of our two countries.”

For his counterpart at NITA Ghana, Mr. George Atta-Boatang, they welcome a partnership with Nigeria and see it as exigent to actualising own mandate as a counterpart IT agency in Ghana.

“We consider partnership as an essential element of growth and look to maximising this partnership,” he said.

The meeting was facilitated by former acting Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic Community on West Africa (ECOWAS), Dr. Sola Afolabi, who urged the two countries to accelerate the processes for collaborations at both bilateral, country-to-country level as well as regional level within the larger ECOWAS window.


NITDA DG was accompanied to the meeting by Head of Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Hadiza Umar and Head of Legal Services and Board Matters, Barr. Emmanuel Edet.

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Pix above: NITDA DG, Olatunji and NITA DG, Atta-Boatang

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