In recognition of his wise leadership style and unparalleled achievements in implementing the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a digital Nigeria; Kashifu Inuwa, the Managing Director of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has been honored with the prestigious Special African Leadership Commendation Award from the African Leadership Organization.
The summit held at the House of Lords, London, UK on Monday was hosted by Lord Dollar Popat, Member of the UK House of Lords and Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda.
Inuwa received the award in recognition of his outstanding leadership achievements and contributions to the Nigerian economy, his contributions to the growth of Nigeria’s information technology (IT) sector and digital economy, as well as its role in the unprecedented achievements recorded in the implementation of NDEPS.
During his acceptance speech, the NITDA boss, represented by Dr. Usman Gambo Abdullahi, Director of IT Infrastructure Solutions, said he was very delighted to receive the award.
He said the award would inspire him to do more as it provides a higher level of motivation which could have a profound impact on the Agency, the IT industry and society.
He added that the award is unique and historic in that it is received in the world’s oldest house of parliament and one of Britain’s most important institutions, the UK’s House of Lords.
The event attracted leading African political and business leaders, development finance actors, professionals and members of the academic community.
Attending were British Ministers, including the Honorable Vicky Ford, Minister for Africa; Honorable Renganden Padayachy, Minister of Finance; Economic Planning and Development, Mauritius, Dr. Akindele Akintoye; Chairman, Platform Capital Nigeria, Dr Emmanuel Nwogbo; Group Managing Director, Alfa Centauri West Africa Limited, Nigeria; Dr Ifie Sekibo, CEO of Heritage Bank, Nigeria; Ruth Zaipuna, President and CEO; NMB Bank, Tanzania, Carlos Moore; President, National Bar Association, USA, and Sam Matekane; Group Chairman, Matekane Group of Companies; and presidential candidate of the Revolutionary Prosperity Party (RFP) of Lesotho.