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NITDA Boosts NTA’s Operations with Digital Capacity Building Information Centre

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l-r: Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, director general, NITDA and Mallam Yakubu Ibn Mohammed, director general of NTA
l-r: Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, director general, NITDA and Mallam Yakubu Ibn Mohammed, director general of NTA

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) donates a Digital Capacity Building Centre (DCBC) to Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) at their Corporate Headquarters in Abuja. This was done to boost capacity of the management and staff of NTA for effective and modern communication and to upgrade the quality of their production to meet with modern standards.

While commissioning the centre, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, director general, NITDA, said, the world has gone digital and archaic machines that were used twenty years ago cannot stand in this modern age.  Such that NTA has to go with the world best practice to make them relevant and updated.

He said besides upgrading, the centre has the capacity to train their staff with the availability of e-learning application, server and wireless internet connectivity to allow access to different educational materials that will be useful for their development.

The DG emphasized the need for NITDA to enforce its regulatory mandate as the clearing house for all government IT projects. Reiterating that, this role is critical as it needs more publicity for it to be actualized.

Looking at the roles of NTA in disseminating information at home and abroad, the relationship will be a win-win one as NTA has what NITDA needs and vice versa, he added.

According to Dr Pantami, the Wannacry Ransomware Virus is a threat and a lesson to Nigerians especially all MDAs and stakeholders to host their data in Nigeria with the use of .ng; by so doing our data will be protected from hackers. Adding that, those MDAs that host their data outside the country are at risk of the Wannacry Ransomware Virus.

Mallam Yakubu Ibn Mohammed, director general of NTA, earlier in his remarks thanked the DG NITDA for this gesture and hope that the partnership between the agencies continue to be beneficial to the entire staff and takes them to the next level.

He said NTA is a world class television network and the donation of a (DCBC) will help improve their production.

Mallam Mohammed while expressing delight, said that he is proud of NITDA’s local content drive as the equipments at the centre are from local manufacturers; Omatek Computers, licensed software and Internet Service Provider (ISP) from NIGCOMSAT. Among the things donated are e-learning Apps, server, printers, inverter, scanners, air conditioners and fans.