Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication says the Federal Government is set to execute the e-Government Master Plan 2020, a key blueprint for improving the delivery of public sector services using technology.
The e-Government Master Plan 2020 developed by the Federal Ministry of Communications is designed as an essential blueprint of modalities and protocols for the adoption of e-Government best practices, across the Federal Civil Service.
Under the plan, all Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are embracing the e-Government Plan, the Minister said Tuesday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
“I must, most earnestly, share with you the deep sense of urgency that I, and the entire Ministry of Communications, feel as per the importance of the e-Government Master Plan 2020”, Shittu told attendees at the Stakeholders Engagement Workshop on e-Government Master Plan 2020, organised by the Ministry of Communications.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Minister of Communications Barrister Adebayo Shittu”]“To put it clearly, we as stakeholders in this crucial area must see ourselves as essential co-workers with the administration in the task of empowering the administration and its workforce with one of the most potent tools for it to deliver the promised positive ‘Change’ to our great country.” [/blockquote]
“As we prepare to move to the implementation phase of the Plan, we welcome the support of all development partners’’ Barr Shittu told participants at the forum.
The Minister says that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is equally keen on the task of improving the capacity of its public sector workforce to match up in skill and capacity for the delivery of the promised positive “Change.”
“As you very well know, this present administration of positive ‘CHANGE’ is keen on delivering improved government services to the citizens of our great country for the purpose of leading the country into a new era of growth and development”, Shittu adds.
At the heart of the Master Plan are key deliverables of improving public sector delivery of the dividends of good governance to the peole of Nigeria through the using of new information and communication technologies (ICTs).
Shittu wants all stakeholders to join him embark on this journey which he believes will be a major contributor to the growth of the economy, increment of GDP and the creation of more employment opportunities for youth and Nigerians in general.
“To put it clearly, we as stakeholders in this crucial area must see ourselves as essential co-workers with the administration in the task of empowering the administration and its workforce with one of the most potent tools for it to deliver the promised positive ‘Change’ to our great country.”
According to Shittu, “the benefits of speed, propriety, best-option, transparency, accountability and mass-participation in Government available only via the e-Government framework and platform make it a sine qua non for meaningful and sustainable political and socio-economic growth and development.”
The Minister also unveiled an ambitious plan under which he projects that by 2020 and beyond, “Nigerian public office holders must, at the click of computer buttons, be able to deliver the concrete dividends of democracy to Nigerians.”
Shitu is sure that, ”we can achieve much by focusing our attention on the fact that the purposeful implementation of e-Government in Nigeria will deliver such dividends as cost savings, resulting in efficiency in service delivery; enhanced transparency and accountability; Improved public administration and economic development; the growth of the ICT sector, leading to more employment opportunities for Nigerian youth.”
The Minister also observes that prior to 2014, “Nigeria’s ranking on the UN e-Government Development Index (UN-EGDI) was dismal. ”In 2014 there was a marginal improvement, which can be adduced to Nigeria’s further recognition of ICT as a positive catalyst to development through the creation of a stand-alone Ministry of Communications.”
Shittu also believes that, “as a nation, we can do much better in this ranking, and consequently in our economic development, by improving our governance processes through the holistic adoption of e-Government best practices.”
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