Nigeria’s top information technology body, NITDA, is in the process of developing and building ICT capacity in the country in an effort to improve the IT sector, a statement from the agency said on Monday.
According to NITDA, Scan-ICT is a new project launched in coordination with the European Commission for Africa (ECA) and the government of Finland that aims to make ICT data activities readily available in the country and across the continent.
The Nigerian agency said that the new initiative would enable ICT indicators to be compiled and understood by the country’s statistics office.
“Scan-ICT Phase I started in November 2000 and ended in 2004, it involved six African countries, namely: Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Uganda, Mozambique and Ethiopia. During 2004 a set of CORE ICT indicators was initiated and was finally adopted by the Second African Preparatory Conference for the World Summit of the Information Society in February 2005,” the statement read.
Abdu Mohamed, a Nigerian IT analyst in Lagos, said that the move could only be a step toward better ICT in the country.
“What we are finally witnessing is that the government understands the importance of technology in the country as a way for us to move forward,” he said.