The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has set up a 10-member advisory committee to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic on the Information Technology (IT) ecosystem and the economy.
The Director General of NITDA,Mr Kashifu Inuwa, disclosed this in a statement by Mrs Hadiza Umar, Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations on Wednesday in Abuja.
He stated this at the inauguration of the committee that was charged with providing an enabling environment for technology start-ups and ICT businesses during this period.
Members of the committee include Mr Tomi Davies, President, African Business Angels Network, Mr Amal Hassan, Managing Director(MD), Outsource Global,Mr Bosun Tijani, MD, Co-Creation Hub. Other members were Mrs Juliet Anammah, Head, International Affairs, Jumia Group, Mr Kola Aina, Founder, Ventures Platform, Mr Musa Baba, MD, Teasy Pay, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Co-Founder, Andela.
Mr Collins Onuegbu, MD, Signal Alliance, Dr Kalli Zannah, Special Assistant to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy as well aInuwa said the committee was expected to devise suitable strategies for the provision of affordable internet access to individuals and businesses.
They are to develop a framework to facilitate access to financing for technology and tech enabled ventures.
Part of their responsibilities is also to devise modalities for encouraging the development and adoption of digital technology to support policies in line with the Work From Home directives of the Federal Government.
Mr. Kashifu encouraged the committee to develop an all stakeholders enabled instrument especially technology and tech enabled start-ups.
He also said the committee members contributions was needed at this critical time to ensure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s economy was minimized.
The committee have 48 hours to submit a preliminary report and would be expected to make effective use of digital technologies in carrying out its assignment.