The website of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is now sporting a new look in what is a tacit manifestation of the change underway in the government IT policy implementing powerhouse.
For several months after the departure of the immediate past Director-General of the IT implementing agency of Federal Government, Cleopas Angaye, the website has “retained” him, at least in cyberspace as the man in charge.
However, a fresh of breath air may seem underway as the news boss of the agency, A.S. Daura, who is acting DG, seems to move ahead in delivering on the mandates of the IT agency established in early in the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
“With the President’s enthusiastic support, and under the guidance of the then Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Turner T. Isoun, an Information Technology (IT) Policy drafting committee was formed and mandated with developing a National IT Policy for Nigeria. Under the able direction of Professor G. Olalere Ajayi, the National IT Policy was prepared and subsequently approved by the Federal Executive Council in March 2001”, according to its new website.
It continues that, “On May 24, 2001, the National IT Policy was launched to the public and NITDA was established as the Government Agency, under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, to implement the National IT Policy with Professor G.O Ajayi, appointed as the first Director General of the Agency.”
Angaye’s controversial departure after the completion of two terms as Director General was to pave way for Daura, who currently serves as the Acting Director General.