The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has cancelled the 2016/2017 NITDEF Scholarship selection process owing to lack of fund. The agency said 2016/2017 NITDEF Scholarship selection process due to serious budget deficit experienced in NITDA’s 2016 budget year which the scheme was appropriated with money not released to fund the process.
A new selection process is to be announced soon within the framework of the 2017 budget year. In a statement released in Abuja NITDA urged all affected to participate in the 2017/2018 NITDEF selection process, also assures all 2016 candidates of not having to go through the regular registration and shortlisting processes.
“While regretting any inconveniences this may have caused the applicants, the Agency assures all candidates of justice, fairness and equity base on competitive merit. It is worthy of note that this is not the first time the Agency was not able to conclude the NITDEF scholarship process, the same happened in the Year 2012.
“National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was created in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and co-ordinate general IT development in the country.
“In line with implementing its mandate, the Agency oversees the development and deployment of information technology in the country through human capital development with emphasis on creating and supporting a knowledge-based economy. This will enable Nigeria to become a global key player in ICT.
“Capacity building remains a priority in the strategic roadmap of NITDA and the Agency will strive to carry all Nigerians along.”