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The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa, has said the pervasiveness nature of Information Communication Technology could also be deployed and adopted in the sporting industry.

According to Inuwa, Africans can leverage Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and other Emerging Technologies to create games with African characters, culture, and core values because most of online sporting games are not in accordance with African culture.

The NITDA Director General expressed this when hosting the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ibrahim Musa Gusau, on a working visit to the Agency’s Corporate Headquarters in Abuja.

Inuwa, while explaining the possibility of creating a sporting game with indigenous characters, maintained that it is achievable because the Agency can explore the innovation challenge to task the startups to come up with ideas that could change the way we do things.

He said, “We have trained a lot of people on creativity. Sometimes, we do innovation challenges to challenge people to come up with ideas that will change the way we do things.”

While reiterating that NITDA can challenge the startups to come up with the kind of sport NFF wants to develop for the Nigerian market, the NITDA boss assured the Federation that its request for intervention would be looked into.

“And also, on your request for intervention, we have some pre-packaged interventions, maybe we can give you one this year and we can explore other options in the future. Let us know your specific requirements so that we build them into our budget and see what we can do together.”

Earlier, the NFF president said he was motivated to visit NITDA to see how the Agency can help in the new area of e-football.

“I don’t know whether you have observed in the world of sports, now there is what we call e-sport which is currently booming in the system. We want to be part of the e-football that is now trending all over the world. People have keyed into the program, and we can’t afford to be part of it.

“The technical experience of the Agency would be needed to achieve the objectives of the programme.

“We feel that we need people like you because we may need some technical and whatever support for us to achieve what is the desired objective of that programme because it is a technology-driven sport.”

He noted that the programme would be run by private individuals but the Federation has to provide monitoring support and certain facilities for some people to participate, and this informed the visitation.

“We need to brief you and see the area of assistance in order for us to establish a functional center that will make us achieve the global objective as far as e-football is concerned.”

He commended the NITDA boss for his exploits, and the support he is giving to the sports industry especially the football angle in his home state of Jigawa, noting that he has been hearing of his support long before he becomes the President of the Federation.



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