By Olisaemeke Azuka.
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has cancelled the 2016/2017 NITDEF Scholarship selection process due to non release of funds.
According to the Agency, the action became necessary due to serious budget deficit in its 2016 budget year as funds appropriated for the scheme was not released.
This is the second time in five years that the Agency has had to cancel the scholarship process as the same was done in 2012.
According to NITDA”s Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Mrs Hadiza Umar, the Agency made appropriation for the scheme in its 2017 budget year noting that a new selection process will be announced soon. She added that capacity building remains a priority in the strategic roadmap of NITDA and it will strive to carry all Nigerians along.
“Management urged all affected to participate in the 2017/2018 NITDEF selection process, also assures all 2016 candidates of not having to go through the regular registration and shortlisting processes.
“While regretting any inconveniences this may have caused the applicants, the Agency assures all candidates of justice, fairness and equity base on competitive merit,” the statement said.
National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was created in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and co-ordinate general IT development in the country.
In line with implementing its mandate, the Agency oversees the development and deployment of information technology in the country through human capital development with emphasis on creating and supporting a knowledge-based economy. This will enable Nigeria to become a global key player in ICT.