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Pantami, New NITDA DG assumes duties, pledges reforms

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The new substantive Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA), Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami on Thursday resumed duties following the announcement by the federal government on Monday appointing 13 new head of parastatals.

In a brief reception held in his honour, Dr. Pantami said he is glad to have been received in such a wonderful manner by the outgoing acting DG, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, and other members of staff.

The new DG who brisk in around 1:30PM said he came around to get a copy of the hand over note and to say hello to the people of his new environment.

In a press statement, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, head, Corporate Affairs at NITDA quoted Pantami promising to consolidate on the achievements the agency has recorded in past years adding that what is important to him is to see how Nigeria can explore the potentials of ICT for development.

He said, “What is important to us is Nigeria and I am here to work together with you as a team to achieve the vision of the Agency.”

He assured to deepen reforms in government’s efforts to sustain information technology development in the country.

Earlier in his welcome address, the outgoing Ag. DG assured him of the cooperation of all staff adding that NITDA is one big family.

Olatunji informed him that the Agency might be small in structure but very big in activities as he has come to improve upon its activities.

He added that his coming cannot be at a better time than now when the nation needs to leverage on ICT as alternative to oil to come out of recession.



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