NDLF: NITDA, GIZ/DTC Engages Stakeholders In Lagos

A Stakeholder Awareness on the National Digital Literacy Framework (NDLF) was hosted in Lagos by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with the GIZ/DTC as part of an ongoing endeavour to close the digital divide and equip Nigerians with critical digital skills.

In his introductory remarks, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, the Director-General of NITDA, stressed the importance of digital literacy skills in the quickly changing digital landscape of today. He emphasized that the NDLF is a thorough road map created by NITDA in cooperation with important stakeholders to give Nigerians the digital skills they need to prosper in the digital era.

Inuwa, represented by Dr Falilat Jimoh of the Agency’s South West Zonal Office (SWZO) and the Digital Inclusion Unit, emphasized the importance of working together with the Ministry of Education to incorporate the framework’s contents into the national curriculum. “This initiative aims to equip students from a young age with foundational digital skills essential for future success,” he noted.

In addition, he stated that NITDA’s collaboration with GIZ/DTC is promoted to create strong guidelines for digital literacy content, guaranteeing relevant and high-calibre educational resources in line with the goals of the NDLF.

Inuwa stressed that NITDA’s commitment to digital inclusion extends beyond formal education, with ongoing digital literacy programs targeting women, artisans, and other underserved segments of society.

He emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts, stating that the framework enables the implementation of NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) 2.0, 2024–2027 pillars, “Fostering Digital Literacy and Cultivating Talents”.

“The SRAP 2.0 is a living document that is being redrafted to align with the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy policy document “Accelerating Our Collective Responsibility”, which has Five strategic pillars namely, Knowledge, Policy, Infrastructure, Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Capital, and Trade.

Dr. Falilat Jimoh, while giving the welcome address on behalf of the Director-General of NITDA at the National Digital Literacy Framework (NDLF) Stakeholders Awareness Session in Victoria Island, Lagos.

According to the NITDA boss, these programs aim to empower individuals to participate meaningfully in the digital economy and access online opportunities. “This resonates with the Knowledge pillar of the Ministry tailored to accelerate the collective responsibilities of all stakeholders towards achieving inclusivity in all its dimensions which supports the Renewed Hope Agenda that is focused on propelling the Nigerian economy and enhancing the welfare of its citizens”, he said.

Hence, he stated that the workshop goal is to create widespread awareness about the NDLF through interactive sessions and discussions, providing stakeholders with a deeper understanding of its components, target audiences, and potential impact on bridging the digital divide among Nigerians.

Additionally, the Director-General emphasized the importance of collective action in the successful implementation of the NDLF, expressing gratitude for the collaboration with partners and the participation of stakeholders. He affirmed that the significance of tailoring the framework to the specific needs of Nigeria’s diverse population is to achieve maximum effectiveness.

In conclusion, Inuwa expressed confidence that the NDLF, coupled with collaborative efforts, will play a pivotal role in empowering Nigerians with the digital skills necessary to actively participate in the digital economy, and access online information and opportunities while contributing to a more inclusive and prosperous society. He then urged participants to continue collaborations to unlock the full potential of Nigeria’s digital future.

Earlier, Dr. Thuweba Diwani the Commission Manager GIZ/DTC Nigeria in her opening remarks delivered by Olusegun Alimi, the Technical Advisor, GIZ/DTC Nigeria, anticipated that the awareness session would be an avenue to dialogue and come up with a “Participatory Policy Implementation Framework (PPIF)” he added, “for policies to be sustainable they need to be owned by the people”.

The Digital Transformation Centre Nigeria (DTC Nigeria) is a project funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft Fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). It focuses on digitalization, innovation, and entrepreneurship in Nigeria, aiming to enhance the country’s digital innovation ecosystem and boost its capacity for adopting digital innovations for economic and societal growth.

Other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) at the dialogue were, the National Orientation Agency (NOA), National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Lagos Public Private Partnership (PPP), Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), also, the private sectors represented were MTN Foundation, CISCO, Tech4Dev, Faith Foundation among others.

The moderator, Mr Tayo Olosunde an ecosystem industry enthusiast affirmed that the stakeholders’ sessions had also been held in Kano and Abuja.

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