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Story of Mr Kashifu (CCIE) – DG/ CEO, NITDA

by Ibrahim Dauda

This is Wednesday’s Icon, Every Wednesday we reprensent to you another Tech Personality in Nigeria. Today, we are looking at the story of Director General and the CEO of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr Abdullahi Inuwa Kashifu – CCIE.

Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi was born on February 21, 1980. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi is student of Computer Science from the esteemed Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi.

Kashifu NITDA

Mr. Abdullahi is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Sloan prepared specialist with 15 years involvement with IT tasks, business change and arrangement design, across both private and public sectors. He attended Leadership and Management courses at Harvard University in the USA, University of Cambridge in the UK and IMD Business School in Switzerland.

As the first Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) in Nigeria’s Public Sector, he is likewise a Certified Project Manager and Solution Architect. Mr Kashifu also  has numerous expert affirmations in Networking, Telecommunications, Service Management and Solution Design.

Kashifu at Galaxy Backbone
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Mr. Abdullahi Kashifu has worked for nine years (2004 – 2013) at Galaxy Backbone and held a few positions, such as,  Network Engineer, IP Network Field Engineer, Senior Network and Lead, IP Operations Team, and Senior Solution Architect and Lead, Technical Solution Design.

In 2014, Mr. Abdullahi joined Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as a Technology Architect, where he devoted his opportunity in creating Technology Architecture Repository that gives 360 perspective on the Bank’s IT Infrastructure and encouraged simplicity of dynamic on new IT speculation. He was a piece of the group that executed programming permit justification that has expanded cost investment funds for the Bank in permit yearly memberships.

Mr. Abdullahi was a distinct advantage in the improvement of IT guidelines for the zenith bank, which has decreased interim to deploy/integrate new framework by over 20%. One of his significant accomplishments as a Technology planner was the creation of 7 Solution Architectures for basic IT activities that helped in accomplishing cashless society in Nigeria.

Kashifu as the New Director of NITDA

He joined NITDA in 2017 as Technical Assistant to the Director General/CEO. Being the IT administrative body in Nigeria ordered to actualize National ICT policy, he manages execution of technique which has expanded ICT commitment to Nigerian GDP by over 13% in Q2 2018. He additionally planned a Local Content activity that has expanded ICT neighborhood creation by over 200% in 2017. He became the Director of NITDA in 2019 which he succeeded from Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.

With more than 300 IT foundation previously actualized under the direction of Kashifu Abdullahi, his arrangement as the DG of NITDA carries a great deal of advantages to the office.

Mr. Abdullahi was the special guest of honor at the launching and inauguration of the initiative with the theme “Muscles with brains for technology innovation” Mr. Abdullahi assured participants that the Agency is doing all in its power to create a favorable eco-system for the IT industry of which it has identified key stakeholders which include, Government, education sector, corporate organizations, and empowering start-ups through venture capitals.

He is a member of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and British Computer Society (BCS). He is also recognised by Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) as one of the 100 Leading Telecom and ICT Personalities in Nigeria.

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