ICT on Nigeria’s front burner

GOVERNMENT

|
Image: Omobola Johnson, Nigeria's Minister of Communication Technology. By BiztechAfrica
Omobola Johnson, Nigeria's Minister of Communication Technology

By Lukas Ajanaku, Lagos, Nigeria

Nigeria's communication technology minster, Omobola Johnson, says the nation's draft ICT policy is a document that will facilitate the transformation of the economy from its present state to a knowledge-based one.

Omobola who spoke in Lagos at the fourth edition of the DigitalSENSE Africa Forum, said the policy, if implemented, would also put ICT at the front burner and drive engagement with government and increase productivity through better access, organisation and knowledge information dissemination.

Said the minister: “This [Draft ICT] Policy is in line with transforming our country into a knowledge-based economy in which ICTs are key drivers of the way we deliver social services, educate our children, deliver healthcare, and ensure public safety.

ICTs will also drive how we engage with government and increase our productivity through better access, organisation and dissemination of information and knowledge.”

“The Policy is a statement of intent and our next steps involve turning intent into action via the development of detailed implementation/action plans.

Commenting on the theme of the forum, which is: ‘Internet Governance and Mobile Economy in Nigeria’, Johnson said it was of particular importance as the nation seeks to develop and implement a shared vision for the ICT sector, as well as increase its contributions towards the development of the country. Speaking on internet governance, she noted that it deals with the digital world, arguing that the mobile economy is still far from accessibility in the country.

She commended the organisers of the forum, stressing that is a recognised platform for the discussion of ICT issues with particular reference to Internet Governance and an important channel for the emergence of recommendations towards implementation/action plans for the future development of the Internet and mobile economy in Nigeria.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS

Senegal govt, AfDB to build US$120 million digital park

The Senegalese government and the African Development Bank (AfDB) will join forces to put aside about US$20 million and US$100 million, respectively, to build a mega-digital park in the city of Diamniadio. Read More

Govt confirms NATCOM’s $252m Nitel/Mtel purchase

The Federal Government of Nigeria has confirmed the sale of former state-run but now moribund telco, the Nigerian Telecommunication (Nitel) and its mobile arm, Mtel to NATCOM Consortium for $252 million. Read More

Angola takes science and technology roadshow to schools

Angola’s Minister of Science and Technology has hailed a programme carried out this year to increase school learners’ understanding of science, technology and innovation. Read More

Senegal to issue smart ID, voter’s cards

The government of Senegal is planning to issue new smart ID documents and voter’s cards, a project it said will strengthen the administration and fight identity theft. Read More

MTN, Orange, Cameroon govt launch Mobile Tax service

The Cameroonian government has launched a new tax service called Mobile Tax, in association with mobile operators MTN and Orange. Read More

BTCL IPO date reset again

The embattled BTCL IPO launch date has not seen the last of its changes yet.  Read More

Botswana tops Africa Prosperity Report

Botswana tops the 2014 Africa Prosperity Report, as the continent enjoys unprecedented economic upturn, but Africa faces new challenges in gender gap and personal freedom. Read More

Mali Digital Plan 2020 to reorganise economy

The coordinator of Mali’s proposed ICT development strategy believes digital technologies have the potential to revolutionise people’s lifestyle and working relationships, boost culture and improve education, among others. Read More

Nigeria lures broadband investors with incentives

Nigeria has highlighted opportunities and incentives for would-be investors, on the sidelines of ITU Telecom World. Read More

Senegal, World Bank launch mobile survey on living conditions

A household survey called A l’écoute du Sénégal ("Listening to Senegal") was launched late last week in this West African nation by the Senegalese government in association with the World Bank. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

PWC: Optimism abounds but a bumpy journey ahead for somePWC: Optimism abounds but a bumpy journey ahead for some

PwC’s ‘Capital Projects & infrastructure in East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa,’ report says infrastructure spend in the region is projected to reach $180bn per annum by 2025.

IN DEPTH

Africa lags on digital migration Africa lags on digital migration

Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.