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
Guinea turns to Gemalto to modernise its national voter registerGemalto has managed a comprehensive modernisation of Guinea’s voter register on behalf of CENI, the National Independent Electoral Commission. Read More
NIMC apologises for service disruptions at enrolment centresThe management of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has apologisd to Nigerians who are currently facing challenges enrolling on its platform. Read More
ComTech minister: Buhari will decide on MTN fineNigeria’s new Minister of Communications Technology, Barr Adebayo Shittu, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will soon take a decision on the payment of the N1.4trillion ($5.2billion) fine imposed on MTN by the NCC. Read More
New NIMC CEO namedNigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Engr. Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, as the new Director General and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). Read More
GSM service providers risk fresh regulatory sanctionsThe NCC is set to sanction the three of the four GSM service providers for failing to comply with its directive on auto-renewal of subscribers’ data bundles. Read More
Mobile Compact Lab presented to BotswanaThe Global Pharma Health Fund, a charitable initiative funded by Merck, a leading science and technology company, has donated a mobile compact laboratory to the Health Ministry in the capital city of Gaborone to help detect counterfeit medicines. Read More
KRA sweeps marketing excellence awards for the authority’s iTax solutionThe Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has added yet another feather on its cap, after winning a Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) award. Read More
NCA sets new timetable for digital dividend auctionGhana’s telecoms regulator has revised its time table for the sale of LTE spectrum in the 800 MHz Band. Read More
Botswana first to implement IMF enhanced General Data Dissemination systemAt the request of the Botswana, authorities a mission from the IMF’s Statistics Department visited Gaborone this month, to assist with the implementation of the Enhanced General Data Dissemination System (e-GDDS). Read More
FEATURED STORYeCommerce in Africa urged to take advantage of mobile
The Executive Chairman of Alltel has urged operators of eCommerce in Ghana and Africa as a whole to take advantage of the current trend for Africans to trade online via their mobile handsets.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHNigeria needs $25b investment in broadband, says Wood
Telecoms executive Adrian Wood speaks to Kokumo Goodie about investment potential in Nigeria.