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Ex-NITDA acting DG, Ashiru Daura, dies at 65

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A former acting Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Dr. Ashiru Sani-Daura, has died at the age of 65.

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According to an obituary posted on the NITDA’s social media handle, Mr Daura died Friday evening in Kaduna after a protracted illness.

He was buried today, Saturday morning.

Mr Daura, who hailed from Maiadua Local Government Area of Katsina State, had headed the NITDA in acting capacity from June 2013 to April 2014.

He joined the Agency as Director, Zonal Coordination in 2005. In the same year, he was made the Director, Technical Services which later evolved into the Infrastructure and Capacity Development (ICD) Department, a position he held till 2008.

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In 2009, he was made the Director, Software Development, Technical Research and Outsourcing, which later became the Software and Outsourcing Department in 2011.

He held this portfolio until his appointment Acting Director General/CEO in June 2013. He held this position until April, 2014, when the substantive Director General/CEO was appointed.

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Daura’s educational sojourn includes having a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from King Abdul Azeez University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (1984), Masters in Computer Vocational Education from the Colorado State University (1990) and a PhD Digital Signal Processing from University of Newcastle, United Kingdom (1998).

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