The establishment of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is the fruition of a journey that began early in the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo.
With the president's enthusiastic support, and under the guidance of the then Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Turner T. Isoun, an Information Technology (IT) Policy drafting committee was formed and mandated with developing a National IT Policy for Nigeria. Under the able direction of Professor G. Olalere Ajayi, the National IT Policy was prepared and subsequently approved by the Federal Executive Council in March 2001.
On May 24, 2001, the National IT Policy was launched to the public and NITDA was established as the Government Agency, under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, to implement the National IT Policy with Professor G.O Ajayi, appointed as the first Director General of the Agency. Professor Cleopas O. Angaye subsequently became the second Director General while Dr A.S. Daura currently serves as the Acting Director General.