The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) has commissioned the new Digital Centre of the National Information technology Development Agency, (NITDA) and also unveiled a new logo for the organization.
Speaking at the event, the Minister disclosed that the change of logo became imperative because of the evolving nature of Information Technology.
He noted that since the Information Technology policy has changed to reflect the new trend in the sector, there is a need to change the logo to reflect the digital policy of the government.
“The policy of the government has changed completely. Before, the policy which we have been working on from 2001 to 2019 was the National Information Technology Policy, which has become obsolete. The world now has gone digital and is no more Information Technology policy, but the Digital Economy policy. We have been mandated to develop National Digital Economy Policy for Digital Nigeria by Mr. President, and this is what brought about the new logo. The new logo identifies with Digital Economy Policy”.
The Minister added that through the digital service promotion, the ministry and parastatals under it would be able to attain all the critical objectives of the administration.
He explained that the Digital Media studio would positively impact the critical mass of the people by promoting digital literacy.
“All the projects are in line with the three cardinal objectives of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to grow the economy, improve the security of lives and properties of Nigerians and also curb corruption in governance. We have earlier had Computer Emergency and Readiness and Response Team and as you all know, when you deploy facilities to promote cybersecurity, you need to upgrade the facilities from time to time. This is an upgrade of the facilities of Computer Emergency Response and Readiness Team which is in alignment with the three priorities of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
NITDA Director-General, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi said the new brand is a paradigm shift from IT-centric to digital-centric NITDA which includes a new logo, new vision, new mission, and new core values.
He added that the remodeling of the NITDA headquarters was the initiative of the Minister while he was the DG of NITDA.
” The rebranding of the Agency is to ensure it reflects the Digital Economy Agenda of the government. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to review the IT policy to reflect the new trend but within the three months of the minister in office, he has come up with the National Digital economy for Digital Nigeria.This new Policy has expanded NITDA’s mandate and made it compulsory to rebrand in line with the new policy.”
He gave the assurance that the brand would be a game-changer in the culture, mindset, and public perception of the Agency.
“With the current security challenge the nation is facing, the upgrading of the Computer Emergency Response and Readiness team would be able to frontally stem the tide. Today there are many challenges with regards to security based on what is happening online, with these new facilities, we would be the watchdog of the Federal Government to monitor potentials cyber-crime attacks in our country, come up with policies and strategies to see how we can prevent our country from attacks”.