IT firms in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Port Harcourt and different cities have all been shut down due to lockdown directives so as to comprise the unfold of COVID-19 pandemic which is ravaging the world.
However NITDA’s Director Normal, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Wednesday inaugurated a committee to advise the Federal Authorities on how greatest to compensate the startups, a press release Thursday by the company’s spokesperson Hadiza Umar disclosed.
That is in step with the agencys mandate of creating and regulating IT for sustainable nationwide improvement, Abdullahi mentioned.
The 10-member advisory committee to advise authorities on measures to be taken to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on start-ups, small and medium companies in addition to the expertise ecosystem on the whole will draw up modalities to assist mitigate the consequences of lockdown on IT companies.
“Concerned with the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ICT sector, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, directed NITDA to urgently look into how the Federal Government can effectively provide the enabling environment for Technology Start-ups and ICT businesses to help in mitigating the potential impact of the pandemic on their businesses”, the DG mentioned.
The Committee has the Chairman, Innovation Assist Community (ISN) and President, African Enterprise Angels Community (ABAN), Mr Tomi Davies, as its Chairperson.
Different members of the committee are; Amal Hassan, MD/CEO, Outsource World; Bosun Tijani, MD/CEO Co-Creation Hub (CCHub); Juliet Anammah, Chairperson Jumia Nigeria and Head, Worldwide Affairs, Jumia Group; Kola Aina, Founder, Ventures Platform; Musa Ali Baba, MD/CEO Teasy Pay; Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Co-Founder, Andela; Collins Onuegbu, MD/CEO Sign Alliance and Dr. Kalli Zannah, Particular Assistant to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system.
Dr Amina Sambo-Magaji, the Nationwide Coordinator, Workplace for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), is to function Member/Secretary.
Whereas inaugurating the Committee, the DG NITDA indicated that the structure of the committee is on the occasion of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system.
He additionally mentioned that members had been fastidiously chosen for his or her important contributions to the ICT sector on the whole and the Know-how and Innovation ecosystem particularly.
The phrases of reference of the advisory committee, as listed by the DG, embrace: devise appropriate methods for the supply of reasonably priced Web entry to people and companies; develop a framework to facilitate entry to financing for tech and tech-enabled ventures; devise modalities for encouraging the event and adoption of digital expertise use assist insurance policies in step with the Work From House directives of the Federal Authorities; and develop a assist program for Innovation Hubs to facilitate entry to distant assets by startups throughout the earn a living from home in addition to different types of assist the hubs could require to be sustainable.
Consistent with the social distancing measures aimed toward minimizing the unfold of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital applied sciences had been used for the inauguration.
It’s also anticipated that the committee will make efficient use of digital applied sciences in finishing up this task.
The committee has been assigned 48 hours to submit its preliminary report.