Kashifu’s giant leap in the digital transformation of the IT sector, by Rukayyat Sadauki
The information technology sector has experienced a paradigm shift in its operations and activities which has led to the digitization of government processes, reducing the costs of governance and corruption along with the zeal to achieve a digital economy.
The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi CCIE made the IT sector redouble its contributions, which is in line with the president’s administration to diversify the economy from oil base to non-oil base due to falling crude oil price. This has led him to define policies and strategies that will generate income and on the other hand create jobs for citizens in order to boost Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP).
NITDA, as the nation’s top IT regulator, strives to create frameworks for the planning, research, development, standardization, enforcement, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of information technology practices in Nigeria. According to the technological economy. NITDA has become the carrier of the federal government‘s digital economy vision.
Prior to the requalification of the Federal Ministry of Communications into the Federal Ministry of Communication and the Digital Economy, NITDA strove to achieve much in the fulfillment of its mandate through the implementation of a roadmap for the development of Nigeria’s IT sector which consists of 7 pillars. which are in line with the 8 pillars of Nigeria Digital Economy Policy & Strategy and IT Policy.
The appointment of Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi Inuwa as Managing Director of NITDA came as no surprise to many, as he was among the most disciplined, committed and talented students of Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, when he was an assistant technique of the former general manager. , and also stepping into his principal’s shoe as his successor as CEO NITDA was another way of how Allah Almighty rewards Kashifu’s commitment to resilience and honesty.
From the moment he took office, the intelligent and introverted computer scientist got the ball rolling, as he wasted no time in strategizing for the successful implementation of the new national digital economy policy and strategy for a Nigeria digital as well as to accomplish the task of President Muhammadu. Buharis promises to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years.
Mallam Kashifu started his career at Galaxy Backbone Limited (GBB) and held various positions from 2004 to 2013. His positions are: Network Engineer, IP Network Field Engineer, Network and Senior Manager, IP Operations Team and Architect of main solution and design of main technical solution.
His zeal and quest for greatness paved the way for him to become the first Cisco Certified Internetwork (CCIE) expert in the Nigerian public sector. He has also acquired several other professional certifications, notably in project management and solution design.
Kashifu Abdullahi, 41, as Managing Director / CEO of NİTDA took over the leadership of the Agency from its former CEO / CEO, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, who was appointed Minister of Communication and the digital economy by President Muhammadu Buhari. .
Kashifu Inuwa received his primary education in his hometown of Hadejia, and then went to Kafin Hausa Science Secondary School after graduating from an Arab secondary school in Jigawa State.
His intellectual abilities brought him recognition, where he became very popular not only among his comrades, but school in general, as he remained the best student in mathematics. Kashifu devoted his time to introducing his colleagues to the basics of math and other subjects.
After graduating from high school, Kashifu gained admission to the famous Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi, known as ATBU, where he studied computer science and graduated in 2003.
In 2014, Kashifu Abdullahi joined the services of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as a technology architect where he dedicated his time to develop a technological architecture repository that gives 360 ° views of the IT infrastructure. of Apex Bank and facilitates decision-making on new information technologies. investment. He was also part of the team that executed the rationalization of software licenses, which increased the cost savings for the Bank in terms of annual license subscriptions.
NITDA, under the leadership of Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, introduced a technological innovation and entrepreneurship support program uniquely designed to provide capacity building opportunities for hub owners and start-ups to ensure the massive creation of technological entrepreneurs and jobs within the industry.
Another notable achievement recorded by the passage of less than two years of Mallam Abdullahi is the launch of the NITDA Academy for Research and Training as well as the unveiling of the virtual training program by the Honorable Minister of Communication and Education. ‘Digital Economy, National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA) piloted in Jigawa State, with 130 beneficiaries, it aims to provide Nigerian farmers with the means to showcase their products in the digital global market.
As part of the Agency’s contributions to fulfilling Mr. President’s promise, the launch and successful execution of several empowerment programs have benefited over 30,000 Nigerians. These include among many others: Start-Up Clinic, Start-Up Friday, Future Hack, Capacity building for artisans, girls, women, people living with a disability and the Code camp for children, etc. .
Kashifu’s leadership has seven focus areas which focus on; IT regulation, capacity building, digital inclusion, digital job creation, promotion of government digital services, local content development and cybersecurity.
Under his leadership, NITDA conceptualized the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA) and Smart Agriculture Application for Precision Agriculture, established the National Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), conducted the ” stakeholder engagement on the Service Level Agreement (SLA) framework that guides MDAS in drafting SLA agreements with service providers, issued 172 certificates for indigenous IT companies, digital economy strategy for entrepreneurs, developed the national digital economy strategy, formed and inaugurated a steering committee.
The Agency also developed the national e-government master plan, established a technical working group on digital transformation (DT-TWG) in the first 100 MDAS, trained 450 women in ICT and entrepreneurship, organized training for 30 MDAS on digital identity for development, conducted Training of 20 staff on e-government awareness, regulations and business architecture, Training of 145 leading farmers on smart farming practices and the modern farming system, Training of 40 media officers on Nigerian Data Protection Regulations (NDPR) and 45 others on reporting on ICT in the digital age.
The Agency organized training for 200 center managers on the training of trainers program for NITDA intervention centers, trained 150 virtual library stakeholders, trained 150 NYSC and SIWES students in CISCO certification, developed National Infrastructure Back Bone (NIBB), establishment of the National Information Technology Development Fund (NITDEF) for the development of information technology in Nigeria, has developed and published 35 guidelines and standards frameworks in various aspects of information technology and creation of the Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA) to create, manage and maintain the database of names registered in the country code top level domain name space .ng in the public interest of Nigeria and global internet communities.
Rukayyat Sadauki is a journalist