By Angeleen Nkwocha
The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA), Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, has said that Information Communication Technology, ICT, will enable service provision to citizens as well as aid digital transformation that will grow the economy. Adding that the country has the technology to alleviate inequalities in the society.
He made this known in Abuja at the ongoing e-Government Capacity Building Workshop for Directors and Heads of ICT in Ministries Departments and Agencies of government.
Speaking through Dr. Usman Abdullahi, Director, information Technology Infrastructure Services, NITDA, he said.
“There is need for us to accept that IT is an enabler that will enable us provide services to the citizens, and it will make us form part of this digital transformation that will grow the economy.
“We have matured technology available to help alleviate inequalities in our society, creating a fair and just nation. To move forward we must unite our resources, efforts and strengthen our collaborative mechanisms”, he said.
He averred that there has been tremendous achievements with the launch of several key regulatory instruments in areas of Data Protection, Government Enterprise Architecture, Interoperability and Government websites.
“We are all witnesses to how the use of technology in the Treasury Single Account (TSA) is saving billions and bringing transparency to government finances, the growth trend of .gov.ng and .mil.ng in Nigeria in recent times and the total number of registered .ng domains from inception till date, stands at 138,060 (as at April 29, 2019). From this number, 2,274 are .gov.ng while 278 are .mil.ng.
“It is worthy to note that the total number of .gov.ng and .mil.ng domains registered from inception till October 2016 were 1,856. This means that 418 new domains were registered between November 2016 and April 2019 which signifies a percentage increase of 18.3%.”
He said the workshop is aimed at reducing the number of failed ICT projects in government service delivery, improving citizen’s access to government information and ease of doing business, promoting efficiency, transparency and convenience of government services and enhancing National Security use of digital identity, efficient service delivery, better value for money, improved access to government services and a safer Nigeria for all.
He restated the need for e-Government projects to follow vigorous processes, adding that government is doing its best to ensure adequate funding is provided to fund ICT infrastructure in the country. He averred that NITDA being the regulatory body is focusing in building all relevant stakeholders through capacity building to ensure that everybody understands the value of the adoption of IT. Particularly in the provision of government services.
He gave the assurance that e-Government will substantially reduce corruption, enhance transparency and facilitate accountability, thus the need for sensitizing everybody to adopt it.