President Muhammadu Buhari has conferred the ‘National Productivity Order of Merit, NPOM, Award’ on the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, in recognition of the Agency’s high productivity, hard work and excellence in service delivery.
The Award which falls into the “2020 Organizational Category”depicts NITDA as the only government agency among other privately owned organizations to be so recognized.
The NITDA’s Head of Media Unit, Hadiza Umar, in a statement on Thursday, said the ceremony was chaired by Mr Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
According to the statement, the agency was recommended and subsequently nominated after a vigorous selection process, and the Agency recorded impressive and commendable achievements in facilitating the development of Nigeria into a sustainable digital economy.
Receiving the award on behalf of the Agency, the NITDA Director-General, Kashifu Inuwa, pledged the Agency’s continuous expansion of the digital space in order to impact more lives of many Nigerians.
He said: “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’s 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.
“The hope, NITDA believes, is to do the needful to get all Nigerians onboard the Digital journey of the Federal Government and ensure that the country puts its best foot forward in being the comity of technologically driven Nations.”