THE PRESIDENT, Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon to intervene in the feud between the Minister of Communication, Mr. Adebayo Shittu and the Director of National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Issa Ibrahim to forestall its putting Nigeria on the back burner of ICT development.
This call was made in a media release signed by the Executive Chairman of the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, Debo Adeniran.
“We call on the President in sync with his anti-corruption mantra to quickly intervene in this stinking situation in the NITDA with a firm focus to clear the Augean stable. In the same veins, relevant anti-corruption agencies, the National Assembly should expedite action to nail any indictable so that our great country would not be denied the opportunity to tap into the vast reservoir of information and communication technology advancement necessary for our industrial take off. We strongly believe that an opportunity delayed, (particularly by sharp practices), is an opportunity denied.
“Our Organisation, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL finds it not just funny but equally pathetically distasteful that in global village witnessing rapid contraction of space and time due to high frequency of information networking, our country’s policy handlers are generally ambivalent on the dire need to junction into the information communication highways. This is the apprehensive conclusion that any informed, patriotic and progressive minded person would reach on the feud between the Minister of Communication, Mr. Adebayo Shittu and the Director General of National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Issa Ibrahim over the agency’s award of contract in 2017.