Nigeria, Sierra Leone mull cross-border technological collaboration


The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has reaffirmed the Federal Government’s dedication to partnering with Sierra Leone in advancing technological initiatives.

Mr. Kashifu Inuwa, the Director-General of NITDA, expressed this commitment during a working visit by Ms. Salima Bah, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Communication, Technology, and Innovations, in Abuja.

Inuwa, represented by Dr. Aristotle Onumo, Director of the Corporate Planning and Strategy Department of the agency, highlighted that this collaboration aligns with the Strategic Partnerships and Collaboration pillar of the agency’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan for the period 2023–2027.

“It is necessary for various stakeholders within and beyond the public sector to collaborate, and a Digital Transformation Working Group will be established within each ministry.

“This collaborative effort aims at ensuring the relevance of policies, frameworks and guidelines across governmental agencies,” he said.

Regarding NITDA’s strategy for regulating Information Technology (IT) matters, the Director-General emphasized the significance of engaging stakeholders and comprehending their needs, challenges, and concerns.

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He emphasized the importance of crafting laws and policies that effectively address these concerns. Additionally, he recommended that government agencies submit their IT plans annually to facilitate the monitoring of service delivery.

Inuwa added that this approach would also ensure that initiatives align with the agency’s objectives, emphasizing the use of IT clearance as a swift mechanism for enforcing standards.

Bah emphasized the importance of collaboration in driving Africa forward with emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain. She stressed the need for Africa to harness these technologies for mutual benefit rather than simply being consumers.

She highlighted that the meeting represented a significant advancement in fostering cross-border collaboration and propelling digital innovation throughout the African continent. Additionally, she expressed appreciation for the chance to benefit from NITDA’s expertise in policy implementation, digital development, and the enforcement of standards and guidelines.

Source NAN