By Andrew Irumba
Kampala: Minister Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze an educator and the current Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development has poured praises to ‘now’ the former National Information Technology Authority (NITA-Uganda) Executive Director Mr. Saaka James for the efficient services he has offered to the nation through the authority.
Tumwebaze on the other hand, welcomed the new Executive Director Dr.Hatwib Mugasa, revealing that Uganda’s digital vision is clear and the innovation ecosystem is good and already appealing to technology investors something that has raised country’s IT index.
Congrats James for your pioneering efforts at @NITAUganda1 & i welcome the New ED. It was nice working with u . Our country’s digital vision is clear, our innovation ecosystem is good & already appealing to tech-investors & generally our country’s IT index ranking has gone up! https://t.co/ZiguNdsH32
— Frank K Tumwebaze,MP : Psalms 124 : 1-8 (@FrankTumwebazek) August 17, 2020
Tumwebaze tweeted “Congrats James for your pioneering efforts at @NITAUganda1 & i welcome the New ED. It was nice working with u. Our country’s digital vision is clear, our innovation ecosystem is good & already appealing to tech-investors & generally our country’s IT index ranking has gone up!”
James Saaka yesterday officially handed over his role as the Executive Director of the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) to Dr. Hatwib Mugasa in the presence of the NITA-U Board led by its Chairman Johnson Musinguzi.
Dr. Mugasa was appointed in July this year by the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Judith Nabakooba as the the new ED for NITA-U. His appointment comes on the heels of Saaka’s successful completion of the legally authorized 10-year tenure as the ED of the body.
“Today I have completed my tour of duty as Executive Director, National Information Technology Authority. Handed over to Dr Hatwib Mugasa. I wish him all the best in this role to drive the IT Revolution further,” said Saaka in a tweet.
Dr. Mugasa will take forward a number of NITA initiatives they have been working on to transform service delivery in the country. NITA embarked on integration of government systems and services with the aim of easing data sharing, reducing ICT and internet costs and in turn improve public service delivery.
“I am pleased to take on such a vital role in transforming service delivery in the country. We shall continue working tirelessly to ensure all Government services are online,’’ said Dr. Mugasa while accepting his new role.
Under the steadfast leadership of Saaka, the authority has registered tremendous strides in digitizing the nation. And while handing over office, he said;
“It has been an honor for me to have been at the forefront of the Digital Revolution. I am thankful to the H.E President Museveni, the ICT Ministers who entrusted me with the opportunity to serve under the NITA Board. A lot more needs to be done and I am confident that Dr. Mugasa will further the digital revolution.’’