e-GOVERNMENT | FG wants to run on Made-in-Nigeria software

e-GOVERNMENT | FG wants to run on Made-in-Nigeria software

e-GOVERNMENT | FG wants to run on Made-in-Nigeria software

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The Federal Government Wednesday said it is considering a proposal to run all tiers of government on only Made-in-Nigeria software to drive its e-government programme.

Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication, who dropped the hint in Abuja says the decision to adopt Made-in-Nigeria is one of the key recommendations of the National Council on Communications Technology meetings held last year.

“Last year, I Chaired the National Council on Communications Technology meetings, which are aimed at facilitating Inter-Governmental Consultations on ICT matters and to avoid unnecessary disparities in developmental structures and standards in Nigeria”, the Minister said at the flagging off of the NCC 2017 year of the consumer that coincided with the World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) celebration.

According to Shittu, the Council recommended that governments at all levels should digitize their records and “also adopt only Nigerian software in the process.”

The Minister also said that the Council deliberated on a Nigeria ICT Roadmap 2016-2019 and “the National ICT Strategic Plan 2016-2024 for implementation was birthed.”

According to Shittu, the Council recommended that governments at all levels should digitize their records and “also adopt only Nigerian software in the process.”

Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication, seen speaking at the event in Abuja where he said the decision to adopt Made-in-Nigeria is one of the key recommendations of the National Council on Communications Technology meetings held last year.
Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication, seen speaking at the event in Abuja where he said the decision to adopt Made-in-Nigeria is one of the key recommendations of the National Council on Communications Technology meetings held last year.

Under the plan, he said theta the adoption and implementation of the e-Government Master plan is being fast-tracked.

Shittu also said that the Council “recommended digital literacy as a minimum requirement for employment and promotion in the Public Service to be implemented in phases.”

According to the Minister, his Ministry “has articulated Government’s position and direction on issues that are key to ICT development at global and national levels. The Ministry is working on formulating cogent policies, frameworks and guidelines on protecting ICT consumers especially in Telecommunications. Nigeria has established itself as one of the fastest growing (and as such one of the most important) mobile cellular markets in the world.”

For the Communication Minister, Nigeria’s “normal anticipated consumer database should be hosting about 450million records of users, if each customer joins at least two network vendors with each having at least a single SIM card. However, some consumers have two to three SIM cards/lines due to network coverage challenges.”

He also noted that, “billions of Dollars have been invested in the Nigerian telecoms market since the inception of GSM in 2001; operators have committed to invest more billion in the (near) future. Because of this development, Nigeria as the most populous nation in Africa, access to Internet has to be redressed to balance with the theme “Better Digital World.””

For the Communication Minister, Nigeria’s “normal anticipated consumer database should be hosting about 450million records of users, if each customer joins at least two network vendors with each having at least a single SIM card. However, some consumers have two to three SIM cards/lines due to network coverage challenges.”

Technology Times file photo shows a young man seen using a mobile phone walking inside Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos.

Shittu underscored the need for Nigeria to build a “Better Digital World” as “research shows that by 2020, about 52% of the world population will be online but about 72% of people don’t know what information companies collect about them online.”

The Communication Minister listed challenges faced by the Nigerian telecoms consumer to include rising dropped calls “due to customer base management and perhaps ineffective regulations”; delays in hooking up calls due to congestions arising from possible obsolete equipment’s and maintenance; power interruptions and social unrest in some regions; network coverage issues and enforcement lapses.

“Government is no doubt working on Policies and political influences to improve on those challenges. Government is also working to create digital awareness campaign with the objective of increasing the capacity, confidence, and trust Nigerians have in their digital lives.

“No doubt, ICTs are invaluable to the process of governance, business, education, health etc and Government is increasing its adoption of ICTs to provide better response to citizens’ demands, improve service delivery, and make administration more efficient. We are doing this by connecting government, creating an informed citizenry and increasing online service delivery”, Shittu told attendees at the NCC event.

“Government is actively engaged in the key forums working to answer questions on quality of service and consumer rights. Our goal is to find a balance between consumers on the one hand, and privacy on the other for Nigerians; and we extend our cooperation in working with stakeholders that can help us achieve this”, the Minister added.

Kolade Akinola

Technology Journalist at Technology Times

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