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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) have said they are working to further strengthen Nigeria’s cyberspace and enhance the digital trust and online payment ecosystem.

NITDA’s Director General Kashifu Inuwa made this known Sunday in Abuja during a working visit to his counterpart, the NIMC Director General, Engr. Bisoye Coker-Odusote, to discuss the various initiatives that centred around the building of digital infrastructure stacks for a secure and seamless data exchange and forming partnerships to transform the national identity system.

While emphasising that the collaboration will harness the potential of the technology innovation ecosystem, Inuwa maintained that the use of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) will also help to drive the country’s digital transformation agenda.

The NITDA DG used the opportunity to provide insights into NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan, stating that NITDA is evolving and that has informed the decision of the agency to keep re-imagining itself.

In her remarks, the NIMC’s director general, expressed the enthusiasm of the commission to collaborate with NITDA in advancing the digital economy sector, stating that “no institution can implement all its policies and programmes in isolation; we need each other to achieve the set targets.”

Engr. Coker further informed the gathering that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had signed a circular on data integration and harmonisation of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and on PKI for the growth and development of the country.

The highlight of the meeting was the inauguration of a 12-man committee saddled with the responsibility of kick-starting and harmonising the initiatives which is expected to deliver a comprehensive implementation report in the coming weeks.

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