Agency Calls for Contribution to National Artificial Intelligence Policy

By Na'ankwat Dariem, Abuja

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Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has called  for stakeholders’ contributions to the development of the National Artificial Intelligence Policy (NAIP).

The development of the NAIP is envisaged to maximise the benefits, mitigate possible risks, and address some of the complexities attributed to using AI in our daily activities.

This was contained in a statement signed by  the Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations, NITDA, Mrs. Hadiza Umar.

The Agency noted that this was in cognisance of the exponential growth and potential value of digital technologies, which is in line with the vision of President Muhammad Buhari, to diversify the Nigerian Economy through utilising digital technologies.

According to the NITDA,  President Buhari launched the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), developed by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, to reposition Nigeria’s Economy and leverage the many opportunities provided by these digital technologies.

NITDA noted that it is against this backdrop that the Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami directs the agency to develop a National Artificial Intelligence Policy (NAIP).

The statement reads that the policy will provide directions on how Nigeria can take advantage of AI, including the development, use, and adoption of AI to proactively facilitate the development of Nigeria into a sustainable digital economy.

NITDA is responsible for developing standards, guidelines, and frameworks for the IT sector in Nigeria, as enshrined in Section 6 of the NITDA Act 2007.

The Agency thereby invited the public to contribute and participate in developing National Artificial Intelligence Policy (NAIP).

A link was provided below for participation whereby you can provide input or contribute to the Policy’s development as an expert, specialist, or volunteer.

https://forms.office.com/r/JmgCe8HauK

Volunteer Expert Form – https://forms.office.com/r/nvmpp8Nv65

For inquiries and more information, please contact: ai@nitda.gov.ng

 

 

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