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Inuwa Emphasizes Importance of Secure and Inclusive Digital Sphere

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The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa, has reiterated the necessity for a secure and inclusive online environment conducive to both human and Artificial Intelligence (AI) practices in Nigeria, emphasizing the need for strategic partnerships to advance the country’s digital transformation agenda.

Inuwa made these remarks during a meeting with a delegation from TikTok at the Agency’s Corporate Headquarters in Abuja. The purpose of the visit was to explore collaboration opportunities aimed at enhancing Nigeria’s digital landscape, aligning with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s priority of bolstering national security for peace and prosperity.

Addressing various online challenges such as hate speech, misinformation, and cyberbullying, particularly concerning the protection of minors, Inuwa emphasized the importance of content moderation strategies. He highlighted the effectiveness of the Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries in ensuring digital safety and enhancing security in accordance with global standards.

In emphasizing the interconnectedness of organizations and institutions for the achievement of common goals, Inuwa underscored the significance of leveraging platforms like TikTok to promote initiatives such as Digital Literacy 4 All (DL4ALL), capacity building, knowledge sharing, and combating misinformation. These efforts aim to create a safer cyber space and empower Nigerian users in the digital realm.

Inuwa also outlined NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan 2.0 (SRAP 2024-2027), structured around eight pillars including fostering digital literacy, building a robust technology research ecosystem, enhancing cybersecurity, and forging strategic partnerships.

Mrs. Tokunbo Ibrahim, Head of Government Regulation and Public Policy at TikTok Nigeria and West Africa, praised NITDA’s contributions to advancing the digital economy sector in Nigeria. She highlighted the alignment between TikTok’s initiatives and NITDA’s policies, which provide opportunities for Nigerians to market, sell, and export their products and talents globally.

Ibrahim also emphasized TikTok’s commitment to online safety and its collaboration with projects like the Africa Creator Hub to support and empower tech creators in Nigeria. Through initiatives like the African Mall, TikTok aims to showcase African products and services to the world, fostering economic growth and attracting investments.

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