Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, has promised to offer full support to technology community in Nigeria to enable them innovate on ways of crafting an exit and recovery strategy from the COVID-19 pandemic and to make sure the country come out stronger as a nation.
Mallam Inuwa made this known over the weekend during his speech via Skype at the opening ceremony of a Hackathon event put together by ‘100 women in ICT’with the theme: ‘Hack the Crisis in Nigeria’.
He urged participants to come up with innovative ideas that can help the nation contain and mitigate the pandemic as well as look at how Nigeria can use these ideas to survive and thrive in the post pandemic world.
“We need to hack the crisis and we need to do it ourselves. We need to make a tailor made solutions that can work in our country”, he stated.
The DG hinted that his aency was looking at organizing a National Innovation Challenge, where it can identify some innovative ideas, incubate them and ensure they are implemented in some sectors, especially the health sector and the digital economy in general.
He further said that he personally encouraged and supported the Hackathon because the theme is apt, and the problem statement is relevant to what is happening in the world today.
Mallam Kashifu said he look forward to a promising result from this Hackathon to help mitigate the effect of this pandemic.
“NITDA is looking at incubating some of the innovation to create value and prosperity as we exit from the crisis which is in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari, resolve to diversify our economy and lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty.