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Prof. Cleopas Officer Angaye has made his mark as an academic and IT expert. He holds a Computer Sciences Ph.D degree from Kansas State University (KSU) Manhattan, Kansas, USA and he is a professor with a renowned pedigree in IT. But, perhaps, it is in the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the government IT clearing house, and as Government’s Chief IT Regulator that Angaye has left a greater mark on people and environment. T
he software engineer with several patents to his credit has completely helped to re-engineer the way government responds and regulate technology in an increasingly digitalized economy.
Under Angaye, the NITDA has seen to the successful implementation of the National IT policy, which seeks to foster new development direction for Nigeria through IT. Some of the policy thrusts include building human IT capacity, driving government processes through IT, creating hardware standard, encouraging growth and standardization of the local software industry, and spreading Internet access particularly to underserved or non-served areas.
The policy thrusts constitute Angaye’s own personal mission to make NITDA the engine room responsible for developing and coordinating IT development in Nigeria; to bringing government and its services closer to the people through IT tools and to ultimately, enhance Nigeria’s global competitiveness.
Armed with this mission, his overseeing NITDA has brought diverse but deep results. One is the federal government mandatory policy which requires the public sector to procure Nigerian IT products. The policy was intended to ensure that made-in-Nigeria IT products meet global standards, while also ensuring that Nigerians have no more excuse not to patronize made-in Nigeria IT devices.
That policy has upped the game for Nigerian PC makers and helped to widen acceptance for made-in-Nigerian IT brands. The likes of Omatek, Zinox, Beta Speedstar, Brian, Balogtek, etc are the chief beneficiaries.