The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is seeking for contributions from stakeholders to aid the development of the National Artificial Intelligence Policy( NAIP).
The agency disclosed this on Thursday in a statement by the Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Mrs Hadiza Umar in Abuja.
According to the statement, “Artificial Intelligence (AI) growth can be attributed to Digital Innovation and the evolution of technology. Globally, countries are grappling with ways to manage the exponential growth of new and emerging technologies to advance their economies.
“In cognisance of the exponential growth and potential value of digital technologies, which is in line with the vision of President Muhammad Buhari, to diversify the Nigerian Economy through utilising digital technologies, the President launched the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), developed by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMoCDE), to reposition Nigeria’s Economy and leverage the many opportunities provided by these digital technologies.
“It is against this backdrop that the Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, directs the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to develop a National Artificial Intelligence Policy (NAIP).
“The development of the NAIP is envisaged to maximise the benefits, mitigate possible risks, and address some of the complexities attributed to using AI in our daily activities.
“Furthermore, it will provide directions on how Nigeria can take advantage of AI, including the development, use, and adoption of AI to proactively facilitate the development of Nigeria into a sustainable digital economy.
“NITDA is responsible for developing standards, guidelines, and frameworks for the IT sector in Nigeria, as enshrined in Section 6 of the NITDA Act 2007.
“The Agency invites the public to contribute and participate in developing the National Artificial Intelligence Policy (NAIP), “ the statement stated.