Commissioners and Special Advisers in charge of ICT from the 36 States and FCT are converging in Yenagoa, Balyesa State as from today to forge a common position on transformation of Nigeria into a digital economy.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Ministry of Communication Technology”]Some of the recommendations include the adoption of the National ICT Policy and a call to states to develop ICT policies that are aligned to the National ICT policy, the adoption of the switch to gov.ng by all the State Governments and their agencies to enable a secured presence in the Cyberspace.[/blockquote]
The Commissioners under the auspices of the National Council on Communication Technology (NCCT) constituted by the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology will hold its Regular Meeting from today at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa Bayelsa State.
The Theme for the 3rd Regular Meeting of the Council is “Mainstreaming ICT in National Development: Moving from Talk to Action.”
Dr Omobola Johnson, the Minister of Communication Technology, who also chairs NCCT, will chair the Bayelsa meeting expected to review various actions taken by Members towards implementing decisions taken at the 2nd (NCCT) held in Ondo state in August 2013, among other matters.
The Council was constituted and held its inaugural meeting in March 2012 during which it extensively discussed the Draft National ICT Policy document.
The Council deliberated exhaustively on a 60-page report presented by the meeting of officials and other items of the agenda and agreed on the major decisions and recommendations.
Some of the recommendations include the adoption of the National ICT Policy and a call to states to develop ICT policies that are aligned to the National ICT policy, the adoption of the switch to gov.ng by all the State Governments and their agencies to enable a secured presence in the Cyberspace. Council also called on State governments to take necessary policy action on the implementation of relevant aspects of Nigeria’s National Broadband Plan.
Other recommendations called on States to hold Microwork/Elancing workshops with the objective of creating awareness about the work opportunities in the Microwork and Elancing Space, creating job opportunities for the youths and reducing unemployment and underemployment. Council also called on state governments to collaborate with NIPOST in building post offices in local communities within their states to enable NIPOST to provide financial and ICT services. The Council is an all-inclusive national advisory body to Government on policies and strategies related to information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The 2nd Meeting was held in Akure in August last year and had Commissioners and officials of ICT, Science and Technology and other related areas from 22 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in attendance.
Representatives from other Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) including the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) attended the meeting. Others include the Ministries of Health, Foreign Affairs, Interior, Power, Agriculture, Environment, Police Affairs, National Planning Commission, Lands & Housing, Trade & Investment and National Assembly Committee Members. The Presidents of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Association of Licenced Telecomm Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Computer Registration Council of Nigeria and Executives and Captains in the ICT private sector/industry were also in attendance.