The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) announces that it will partner with Independence Digital, a Russian software company, to boost the production of indigenous content.
The partnership was part of the agency’s efforts to implement the promotion of Indigenous content, which was one of the pillars of its strategic roadmap and action plan (SRAP 2021-2024 ).
The decision was made when NITDA Director General Kashifu Inuwa, represented by Usman Gambo, the agency’s director of IT infrastructure solutions, received a delegation from the Russian group.
Mr. Inuwa explained that the Federal Government in 2019 established the Nigerian Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), a 10-year policy plan, to digitally transform the country.
According to him, the creation of the NDEPS included the development of software.
He added that the development and promotion of Indigenous content remained the agency’s primary focus, requiring collaboration.
“As Russia does not use solutions developed outside of Russia, we in Nigeria would like to work with you so that you can help us achieve this,” NITDA said.
Mr. Inuwa further assured the company of the agency’s willingness to share other open documents such as the Cloud Computing Policy and the National Broadband Implementation Plan with SRAP as the main focus.
He added that regulation should not stifle innovation. Rather, there was a need to co-create and work with developers who would understand the needs and create instruments and regulatory frameworks that would support existing regulations.
Paul Maximeak, a representative of Independence Digital, said the organization, a certified partner of most major Russian software developers such as Kaspersky Lab, eXpress, Infowatch, Security Code and others, was pleased to collaborate with NITDA on the software development.