The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is the chief executive officer in charge of the general performance of the agency and ensures proper implementation of its mandate. The DG/CEO administers the activities of the agency and facilitates its success. With ONC being a subsidiary of NITDA, the National Coordinator is the head of the Office for Nigerian Content Development in ICT (ONC) that provides executive leadership for the office. The National Coordinator reports directly to the Director General (NITDA) and processes the periodic review of the Guidelines that created the office.
Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi CCIE
Director General, NITDA
Born on February 21, 1980, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi is a graduate of Computer Science from the prestigious Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi.
Mr Abdullahi is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT Sloan – trained strategist with 15 years experience in IT operations, business transformation and solution architecture, across both private and public sectors. He attended Leadership and Management courses at Harvard University in the USA, University of Cambridge in the UK and IMD Business School in Switzerland.
As the 1st Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) in Nigeria’s Public Sector, he is also a Certified Project Manager and Solution Architect. He also has many professional certifications in Networking, Telecommunications, Service Management and Solution Design.
Mr Abdullahi has worked for nine years (2004 – 2013) at Galaxy Backbone and held several positions such as Network Engineer, IP Network Field Engineer, Senior Network & Lead, IP Operations Team, and Senior Solution Architect & Lead, Technical Solution Design.
In 2014, Mr Abdullahi joined Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as a Technology Architect, where he dedicated his time to developing Technology Architecture Repository that gives 360 view of the Bank’s IT Infrastructure and facilitated ease of decision making on new IT investment. He was part of the team that executed software license rationalization that has increased cost savings for the Bank in license annual subscriptions.
Mr Abdullahi was a key resource in the development of IT standards for the apex bank, which has reduced mean time to deploy/integrate new system by over 20%. One of his major achievements as a Technology architect was the production of 7 Solution Architectures for critical IT initiatives that helped in achieving cashless society in Nigeria.
He joined NITDA in 2017 as Technical Assistant to the Director General/CEO. Being the IT regulatory body in Nigeria mandated to implement National ICT policy, he managed execution of strategy which has increased ICT contribution to Nigerian GDP by over 13% in Q2 2018. He also coordinated Local Content initiatives that has increased ICT local production by over 200% in 2017.
Mr Abdullahi is a member of both Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and the British Computer Society (BCS).
National Coordinator, ONC
Kasim Sodangi is a Lawyer with experience spanning Intellectual property, Project Management and Finance. He served as Head, Strategic Alliances at Superbrands Nigeria, where he inducted 40 of West Africa’s leading brands into the Global Superbrands program and was the Head Funding, Partnership and Investments of the Office for Nigerian Content Development in ICT.
He started his Career as an Associate at Law Allianz, a firm of leading legal consultants specializing in Intellectual property and commercial law. Prior to joining NITDA, he was Head, Public Sector and Up Country Operations for CBO Capital Partners, an innovative Investment advisory and Private Equity Firm in West Africa. He is graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the Nigerian Law School. He is a trained professional project manager and has attended seminars in reputable intuitions to include Lagos Business School, Pan African University and Said Business School, University of Oxford. Kasim is currently completing an MSc in Corporate Finance and Financial Law, specializing in regulation of financial technology (Fintech) at School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) of the University of London.
Kasim is currently the National Coordinator for The Office for Nigeria Content Development in ICT (ONC) of NITDA, in this role he oversees NITDA’s effort in driving the development of local capacities in ICT in Nigeria. He also supports other regulatory functions of the Agency.