National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has announced that it is partnering with University of Lagos and Usmanu Dan Fodio University, Sokoto to start Postgraduate studies in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Law.
NITDA DG, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami was speaking on day two of the ongoing 27th National Conference organised by Nigeria Computer Society at International Conference at University of Ibadan, in Oyo State.
He explained that, “the fact that we don’t have ICT law programme in our universities is affecting regulatory activities in the industry. All the regulatory agencies require ICT lawyers to work with them.
“You develop IT using IT Professionals while the regulation is done through lawyers. That is why the agency is partnering with universities to introduce ICT law as a course so that we can properly regulate the sector.”
“The process of developing an ICT sector as diverse and complex as ours is quite daunting. However, the potential benefits of developing such a critical sector would result in benefits that far outweigh the challenges.
“A well-developed ICT sector will significantly improve any economy. It will reduce capital flight, create jobs, generate revenue and help to position Africa as a producer of world-class ICT products and not just consumer of such products.
Pantami explained that NITDA’s activities is centered around digital inclusion with various programmes of the agency at building local capacity, support startups and other businesses meet up with international standards.
This he said will boost inclusivity in technology value chain that can drive a formidable tech ecosystem for national economy growth development.
He explained that to this end the Agency has trained over 740 persons in digital technology and deployed 86 digital learning centres across the federation.