NITDA Calls for Collaboration to Foster Indigenous Tech Development

by David Okoye

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has urged stakeholders to collaborate in developing indigenous technologies, leveraging the Nigeria Startup Act 2022. This call was made by NITDA Director-General Kashifu Inuwa during the graduation of 13 founders from its 2023 Startup Accelerator Programme in Abuja, conducted in partnership with the Founder Institute.

Inuwa highlighted the significance of the Nigeria Startup Act, citing its regulatory support, tax incentives, capacity building, and governance guidelines as crucial advantages for the tech ecosystem. He emphasized the Act’s potential to diversify the economy and foster opportunities for indigenous tech innovation enterprises.

NITDA boss Kashifu Inuwa

The graduation ceremony underscored the government’s recognition of digital innovation and entrepreneurship as drivers of economic transformation. Inuwa emphasized the government’s support for indigenous solutions and its alignment with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, focusing on economic diversification through technology-driven initiatives.

Inuwa praised NITDA and Founder Institute for their commitment to enhancing the capacity of innovative startups. He expressed NITDA’s readiness to collaborate with local and international entities to address challenges faced by talented indigenous startups, fostering an environment conducive to innovation in the tech sector.

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