The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mal. Kashifu Inuwa, has a case for the transportation industry to align with the present global digital transformation.
The NITDA DG, who made this case when he received the DG/CEO of the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Dr. Bayero Salih Farah, and his team on a courtesy visit to NITDA Corporate Headquarters in Abuja, noted that digital transformation is the next generation for the transportation industry in Nigeria.
He asserted that it is critical to align transportation with the global digital transformation, stressing that the emerging technology creates avenues for digital transformation while advocating for definite strides to move beyond digitisation to digitalisation.
“Emerging technology is currently disrupting transportation models; cars are transforming from being mechanical to automated vehicles. We now have auto drones and even autopilots,” he said.
He cited the recent launching of the first locally assembled Hyundai KONA Electric Vehicle by the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) as a step towards embracing the emerging technology trends across the globe.
The DG advised on the need for a software upgrade, to be able to compete healthily with the international community, adding that today’s world is driven by data, research, and development.
Abdullahi revealed that in line with the digital transformation agenda, the Agency constituted the Digital Transformation Technical Working Groups (DTTWG) in each MDA and the organization designated one of the DTTWG members as its Data Protection Officer.
Meanwhile, Dr. Bayero Salih Farah, the DG/CEO of NITT appreciated the opportunity given by NITDA to intimate the agency on the activities of his institute. He revealed that his institute has been undergoing vigorous training in various categories.
He disclosed that the institute is working on expansion through the opening of a Transport Intelligence Center (TIC). He applauded the immense contribution of the NITDA DG and his management team on the need for digital transformation.
He expressed confidence that this new alliance would foster greater development in ICT within his institute, and the country as the end-users.