NITDA, NNPC-RTI To Strengthen Strategic Collaboration On Emerging Technogies

By Samuel Ohwovoriole

Dr. Kashifu Abdullahi, Director General  National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) has proposed a strategic initiatives that will strengthening the collaboration with the Research, Technology and Innovation division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) to achieve a sustainable digital economy in preparation for the fourth industrial revolution.

Dr. Abdullahi stated this on Saturday when he led NITDA’s management team to the NNPC Corporate Headquarters in Abuja, where he met with the Research Technology & Innovations team headed by the Chief Information Officer, Betty Ugona.

“NITDA’s visit is is aimed at reviewing collaborative initiatives of the two agencies and enhance their working relationship by harnessing thoughts and creative ideas. And that the purpose of the collaboration between the two organizations is to identify their different mandates and seek solutions collectively to achieve these mandates,” he added

Dr. Abdullahi also stated that, “for any innovative tech company to thrive, it needs to be actively involved in the technological ecosystem and have a good relationship with the relevant stakeholders.” Abdullahi highlighted the stakeholders which are the Universities: where human capital that seek raw ideas are groomed, the Corporate bodies like NITDA and NNPC who absorb these human capital from the universities and develop the ideas, the Entrepreneurs who process the ideas and evolve it, the Risk Capitals who basically fund the conceptualization of these ideas and lastly, the Government who come as intervention in terms of policies, infrastructure and enabling environment to actualize these ideas.

He said it was necessary to join all these stakeholders together in a connective web and platform to improve digital technology which was why the agency engaged the Mass Challenge, a global, zero equity startup accelerators in the United States of America that will collaborate and strengthen innovations from the technological ecosystem.

The Director General mentioned that although the agency is collaborating with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, the Central Bank of Nigeria among many others who have grants for startup innovations, their engagement with the Mass Challenge is also an avenue to gain support through startup innovation funding.

In his words, “collaboration with the Research Technology and Innovations unit of the NNPC will align them with all the advantageous strategic innovations the agency is working on and all other services the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics will be offering. He emphasized that collaborating with them as a stakeholder in the innovation ecosystem will enable an alignment with the NCAIR’s Research and Development innovations which will help them diversify their revenue streams.

“The collaboration between the two organizations coupled with the engagement with Mass Challenge will institutionalize a platform in which Nigerian technology experts all over the world can come together to share innovative ideas and consequently help build an enviable and globally recognized digital nation” he said.

Betty Ugona thanked the NITDA Director General and the management team for the much anticipated working visit to the organization. 
She said that the Research Technology and Innovations unit of the NNPC which was created June 16, 2020 is saddled with the mandate of championing research technology so as to touch lives of every citizen and also shift the organization’s perspective from Research and Development into a wider innovative perspective.

In addition she said, that “the unit has been having challenges within the system and from stakeholders and they have been working on ideas to identify solutions. She however stated that she is highly optimistic that with the extensive strategic collaboration with NITDA, their mandates will be achieved efficiently.”


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