Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, today in Abuja, officially unwrapped the re-branding of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) with the unveiling of the new NITDA logo; launch of the Integrated Computer Emergency Response and Readiness Centre; Digital Studio for Virtual learning; and Digital Conference Center for remote collaboration.
The event will be the third in a series of virtual commissioning of projects executed under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
“The reason behind changing the agency’s logo is that the world’s IT has changed from ICT to digital economy. So the current logo encompasses the change,” said Pantami.
NITDA’s new logo and rebranding is in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria, the minister said at the launch attended by senior government officials and heads of other agencies under his ministry including the Chairman, NITDA’s Governing Board, Dr Abubakar Sa’id; The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta; Managing Director, NICOMSAT, Dr Abimbola Alale; and the Chairman of the Ministerial Committee on Project Commissioning, Ag. Executive Secretary USPF, Mr Ayuba Shu’aibu.
“The Computer Emergency Response and Readiness Centre is in alignment with the key priority area of President Muhammadu Buhari administration aimed at enhancing the security of the nation,” Pantami said while commending the IT regulatory agency for the foresight at setting up the centre.
Director General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, stressed the importance of the new projects particularly the integrated computer emergency response and readiness center which has capacity to enhance the country’s e-readiness in terms of national cybersecurity.
His words: “Today we are here at the … NITDA to unveil and celebrate our new brand in line with the National Digital Economy Policy for Digital Nigeria. And also to commission our new digital center, which houses integrated computer emergency response and readiness center to enhance our national cybersecurity, digital multimedia studio for online digital skills and literacy capacity building, and digital conference room for remote collaboration. All these initiatives are consistent with President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign promises to improve security, diversify economy, and strengthen the fight against corruption.
“Honourable Minister Sir, I will never forget the first time I visited you in this office, in October 2016, the first week you resumed work as the DG NITDA after your appointment by President, Muhammadu Buhari on 26th September 2016. You said to me, Kashif, this office looks like local government secretariat I will remodel it and transform it into a better working place.
“You started the transformation immediately with the remodeling of reception, conference room, and DG’s office. In 2018, you approved the design of this picturesque structure. And in 2019, you awarded the contract for the new block we call block C and the remodeling of the entire building just before your elevation to HM of the federation. Luckily for us, you were assigned to supervise our ministry. Your appointment as our supervisory minister gives us courage and energy to accelerate the execution and completion of the project within a year.”