By Na’ankwat Dariem, Abuja


Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA Kashifu Inuwa, won the 2022 ‘Foreign Investment Network, Outstanding CEO of Corporate Governance’ award from FIN-Forbes.

Inuwa was announced as the winner at a virtual awards ceremony over the weekend, hosted by Forbes magazine in conjunction with the Foreign Investment Network.

The annual event aims to recognize distinguished Africans for outstanding performance and careers in governance and business who have had a far-reaching impact on the lives of Africans and the world at large.

Reading the quote, Dalith Steiger, Global AI Innovator and Strategist, described Inuwa as a versatile IT professional, strategist and transformation manager with 16 years of experience in the public and private sectors.

“A Computer Science graduate from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Inuwa is a thoroughbred IT professional and the first Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) in the Nigerian public sector.

“He is also a strategist trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT Sloan – and has participated in various Leadership and Management courses at Harvard University, the University of Cambridge and the IMD Business School, Switzerland, among others.

“After professional stints at Galaxy Backbone Limited, the Central Bank of Nigeria, and an excellent performance as a technical assistant to the then CEO, Inuwa was appointed by Chairman Muhammadu Buhari as CEO of NITDA in August 2019,” Steiger added.

While he thanked FIN and Forbes for the recognition, Inuwa noted that NITDA has worked tirelessly to adhere to the highest standards of corporate governance.

“We have put in place robust processes and systems to ensure that our operations are transparent, accountable and in line with our mission and core values,” emphasized.

The NITDA chief said he has always believed that good corporate governance was essential to the success and sustainability of any organization and, he says, helps create a culture of transparency and accountability that fosters trust among stakeholders.

Corporate governance

Inuwa said that NITDA was working tirelessly to ensure compliance with the highest standards of corporate governance, which has led to the implementation of robust processes and systems that ensure transparent operations and accountability that are aligned with the mission and core values ​​of the NITDA. Agency.

While acknowledging the contributions of his colleagues at NITDA for their hard work and dedication to the Agency’s mission, he noted that without their support and commitments “we will not be able to achieve the level of success that we have achieved.”

Inuwa also praised the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami, for his guidance, mentorship and unwavering support he is receiving from him.

He promised to continue striving to maintain the highest level of corporate governance because “it is an honor to be recognized by such a reputable and respected organization for doing so.”

In his welcoming remarks, Mark Furlong, President of Forbes Best of Africa Custom, said that the award, which began 15 years ago, is to recognize and showcase the successful businesses and economies that exist on the African continent.

He said, “It has been my personal mission to bring the success, growth and opportunity of the modern African author to many executive investors and CEOs in the United States. Our message of Africa’s success is true and we believe the stories would be well told by African change agents who are working tirelessly to ensure a better future for the continent.”

Okwuchi Trust