The federal government has appointed Dr Ashiru Daura as the acting director general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (Nitda). Until his appointment, Daura was director, software and outsourcing department of the agency. Professor Cleopas Angaye, erstwhile director general, has handed over to Daura after a two-term stay as the DG of Nitda.
Angaye joined Nitda as director of software in 2004 and rose to the position of the director general in 2005. He served in that capacity for eight years and has attained the mandatory retirement status.
Daura was born on December 12, 1956 and hails from Maiadua Local Government Area of Katsina State. He joined the agency as director, zonal coordination in 2005 and rose to become director, technical services which later evolved to become the Infrastructure and Capacity Development (ICD) department from 2005 to 2008.
In 2009, he assumed the mantle of director, software development and technical research and outsourcing which became the software and outsourcing department in 2011, a portfolio he held until his present appointment as acting director general.
His educational qualifications include a BSc in Electrical Computer Engineering from King Abdul Azeez University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (1984), Masters in Computer Vocational Education M.Ed. from the Colorado State University (1990) and a PhD in Digital Signal Processing from the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom in1998. Daura was head of department, electrical and electronics department and dean, Faculty of Engineering at the Nigeria Defence Academy now Nigeria Defence Academy University before he joined Nitda.
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