Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at the Banquet Hall, State House, Asokoro, Abuja conferred on the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) the prestigious “National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award”.
Presenting the award to NITDA, the President said the award is in recognition of the Agency’s high productivity, hard work and excellence in service delivery.
NITDA’s recommendation and subsequent nomination came after a rigorous selection process, where the Agency recorded impressive and commendable achievements in facilitating the development of Nigeria into a sustainable digital economy.
“NITDA adheres strictly to information security and safety. The Agency’s proactive action in creating a robust incident Management Procedure, through which any irregular or adverse event that occurs and affects the normal functioning of a system is adequately dealt with, is a worthy accomplishment,” National Productivity Order of Merit Award Committee said in a statement.
The Award which falls into the “2020 Organizational Category” highlights NITDA as the only government agency among other privately owned Organizations to be so recognized.
The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa received the glamorous Award on behalf of the Agency.
Shortly after receiving the award from President Buhari, Inuwa pledged the Agency’s continuous determination towards the expansion of the digital space in order to impact more lives of many Nigerians through the development of an increased critical mass of IT proficiency and global competitive manpower.
The National Productivity Order of Merit Award which was part of activities to celebrate the 19th National Productivity Day is an award of honour and dignity instituted by the Federal Government to recognize hard work and excellence.
As the only (Government Agency) recipient of the National Award this year, and as an Apex IT Agency charged with the responsibility of creating an enabling environment where Nigerians will develop, adopt and derive value from digital technologies, NITDA sees this rare honour as not just ‘a pat on the back but a challenge to intensify efforts towards its digital inclusion pursuits.