On the 4th of November 2019 the Director General of NIALS paid a courtesy call on the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) at the Agency’s Corporate Headquarters, Abuja. The main agenda of the visit is to seek partnership in various areas, including the following: Partnership in legal research on information technology; Collaborative partnership on the development of NIALS online courses; Provision of ICT tools, Equipment of IT training center, Training and dissemination of laws, regulatory instruments and guidelines. Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi who represented the Director General of NITDA said it has provided over 20 Virtual Libraries in higher Institutions of learning across the country with round the clock power supply and has also provided over 100 Computers and Laptops with same facilities. Mr Inuwa assured the institute that with the support of the DG, the Agency will provide IT Training Centre for NIALS to accommodate more IT knowledge-based students.”
While making his request, Director General, NIALS, Professor Mohammed Ladan Tawfiq noted that under his watch, the Institute has begun online workshops and post graduate Diploma in the areas of our core mandate necessitating an ideal ICT environment hence it has becomes expedient to seek for NITDA’s intervention, technical guidance and collaboration.
In his words “We need NIDTA’s technical guidance to drive our purpose for the online courses we started in training Judges and Lawyers in an ideal online environment,"
Prof. Ladan also revealed that the Institute has in recent times been showcasing NITDA's activities and guidelines through its platform, he however implored the Agency to provide adequate ICT tools and facilities to enable them do more.
Also speaking at the meeting, the Director Government Development and Regulation Department Dr Vincent Olatunji commended the DG, NIALS for taking the step to collaborate with NITDA. He however advised the Institute to set up ICT department which the technical group from NITDA can always provide support to ensure cyber security within their system.
In his contribution, the Head Legal Unit, Barr Emmanuel Edet said, so far, NITDA have been in partnership with Institutions in areas of Legal Research for Lawyers and Judges and have also provided capacity building by way of giving out scholarships for Masters students. He added that, the Agency is partnering with Universities like, University of Lagos, Bayero University and others for capacity buildings and scholarship.
The duo however agreed to constitute a working Committee to further strengthen and fast track the Institute's request with a possible Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).