During the ceremony, which was held at the premises of the centre on 30th December, 2018, Isah Garba, a Senior Programmes officer, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) traced the history of CITAD, how it started, its mission, vision and objectives and its relevance and connection to Itas/Gadau local Government in general and communityin particular and prayed that the community will embrace the centre and benefit from the intervention that will contribute towards bridging the digital divide in the country as did by other communities that CITAD is presently working in. In his speech Mal Ahmad AbdullahiYakasai, the TrainingCoordinator, CITAD drew the attention of the audience of the ceremony to the indispensability of ICTS in present life and the need for every individual and community to keep pace with the ICTsdevelopment in order to be relevant in the present world. He also explained to the participants the various training programmes which CITAD presently offers and pledged that the same trainings will commence soon in the Itas for the benefit of their community.
In his good will message, a retired Permanent Secretary and elder of the community Alhaji Alkali Abba confessed that he knew CITAD very well and the contribution CITAD has been giving towards human development, and therefore hope that CITAD will not only replica these in Itasbut also double its work as Itas was a rural local government in the state that has left far back in such developments. He further assured CITAD of the contributing and commitment of the community elders in ensuring that the centre is fully put to the benefit of the community.
During the handing over Hon. Isa Hassan, represented by AlhAdamuSalehItas( DokajinTafidanKatagum) stated that the centre was handed to CITAD because of the trust and full knowledge that CITAD will make use of the centre effectively and use it in addressing the ICT challenges in the local government. He therefore urged the people in the community to give CITAD and its officials the maximum cooperation that they may need in running the centre. He said: “earlier in the 2016, Hon. Isa Hassan handed over a similar centre to CITAD in Jamaáre Town of Jamaáre Local government and since the ICTs challenges in Jama’re is been reduced to the minimal as a result of the effective utilization of the centre by CITAD and cooperation of the Jamaáre people”.