Lagos seeks expansion of ICT
GOVERNMENT| Sept. 19, 2012, 4:31 p.m.
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
The Commissioner for Science and Technology in Lagos State, Adebiyi Mabadeje has stressed the need for the federal government to accelerate measures in the country towards providing access to Information Communication Technology ( ICT) services to more Nigerians.
“We are today the fastest growing telecoms market in Africa but while celebrating the growth and substantial achievements of the telecoms sector in Nigeria, it is important for us to be conscious of the digital divide that still exists in our country,” he said.
Mabadeje contended that there were still millions of Nigerians with limited or no access to ICT services.
“It is therefore my onion that stakeholders in the country will fashion out a plan that will assist in bridging the gap between the urban and rural Nigerians,” he said.
He spoke at 2012 edition of the annual Nigerian Telecoms Development Lecture, organised by Logica Media Group in Lagos recently, arguing that although telecoms sector in Nigeria has witnessed progress in more than a decade, much still needs to be done to increase ICT penetration.
Explaining ICT initiatives being undertaken in Lagos State, the commissioner said the State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, had been supportive in ensuring that “we leverage on ICT as a tool for economic development and social change in delivering good government. We have put in place, well-structured ICT services in virtually every sector of the economy including land documentation and processing,. Electronic document management, automated Electronic Tax Clearance Certificate (e-tcc) and the success of our autoreg platform cannot be over-emphasized.”
According to him, transaction businesses with agencies of government in Lagos State were gradually becoming less paper-dependent.
“Our accounting and treasury units have been computerised, paying your taxes, levies and dues area now, to a large extent, done electronically. Because we believe that our citizens are our clients and the more efficient and transparent our services are, the more we enjoy their support and patronage.
“To this end, therefore, our reforms are on-going to ensure that our businesses are done in a manner that honesty and integrity become the watchword,” he said.
The commissioner described investment in ICT as key in the country’s planning for future economic and social development.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Logica Media Group, Otunba Biodun Ajiboye, has raised the critical role of ICT in today’s business world, while noting that further growth in the ICT industry geared towards engendering ICT access to all and sundry, especially in the rural areas, required the contributions of all stakeholders in the country.
“We are at a point in the history of ICT where all economies around the world are being driven by ICT. Nigeria must also be consistently versatile in the global revolution by ensuring that access to basic ICT services and broadband services is extended to everywhere in the country,” he said.
Ajiboye added that ICT has far-reaching positive effects on any economy that pays priority to its deployment to drive activities both in the private and public sectors.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
Accra to become first ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Africa with Microsoft CityNext applicationsMicrosoft Ghana, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the Global Alliance of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and African Descent signed an agreement to make the city of Accra in Ghana Africa’s first ‘Centre of Excellence’, through the use of Microsoft’s CityNext applications. Read More
Malawi Government levies tax on Internet/SMSThe Malawi Government has announced that it will levy a 10 percent excise duty on mobile phone text messaging as well as all data transfers, including internet and similar services. Read More
Ghana’s 800km fibre optic backbone commissionedGhana’s President John Dramani Mahama has commissioned an 800km Eastern Corridor Fibre Optic backbone which runs through 20 districts. Read More
NIMC infrastructure must be managed by credible people: NIMC chiefNIMC’s chief speaks to Kokumo Goodie about the role of the NIMC and his own legacy. Read More
Kenyan ICT on track for strong growthThe Kenyan government projects that the country’s ICT sector will approach 20% growth by 2017, with the government making every effort to help boost this growth. Read More
Ghana commissions enhanced CICsGhana’s Minister for Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, has commissioned and handed over an Enhanced Community Information Centre (E-CIC) to La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra Region under the e-governance project. Read More
Rwanda hosts Africa Broadband and Universal Service Funds ForumThe Africa Broadband and Universal Service Funds (USF) forum brought together broadband stakeholders from all over Africa in Kigali for a three-day forum this week. Read More
Airtel, Ghana Communications Ministry promote girls in ICTAirtel Ghana has partnered the Ministry of Communication to celebrate International Telecommunication Union Girls in ICT Day. Read More
Alcatel-Lucent, Algeria to build Orval undersea cable systemAlcatel-Lucent and the Algerian Ministry of Post, Information Technology and Communications have signed a turnkey agreement for the deployment of the Orval system, an over 560 km fiber-optic undersea cable that will link Oran in Algeria to Valencia, Spain. Read More
Finalists announced for African Utility Week Industry AwardsThe finalists have been announced for the African Utility Week Industry Awards, with the winners to be honoured at the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa in Cape Town from 12-14 May. Read More
FEATURED STORYThe transformative power of affordable smartphones and unlimited data in Ghana
Smartphones are helping transform their lives of ordinary people in Ghana, Reports Nana Appiah Acquaye.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHNIMC infrastructure must be managed by credible people: NIMC chief
NIMC’s chief speaks to Kokumo Goodie about the role of the NIMC and his own legacy.