NITDA to create sustainable ICT plan

GOVERNMENT

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
NITDA to create sustainable ICT plan

Nigeria’s NITDA will aim to put in place the necessary institutional framework needed to ensure sustainability of ICT development in Nigeria.

The Nigerian National ICT Development Agency (NITDA) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) ICT and Science and Technology Division (ISTD) have launched Nigeria’s final Scan-ICT report during a stakeholders’ validation workshop in Abuja. Scan-ICT is an initiative launched by ECA and the Government of Finland to make available quality data on ICT activities in Africa. A communiqué issued after the workshop said Nigeria remained the first country to carry out Scan ICT under the third phase of the projects.

According to Makane Faye, Officer-in-Charge of the ICT Policy and Development Section, who made a statement on behalf of the ISTD Director, the project is designed and implemented to build capacity in defining, collecting, and managing information.

“This will ultimately support ICT investments and consequently contribute to the transformation of Nigeria into an Information society,” he adds. In Nigeria, the Scan-ICT project was carried out in eight states and covered households and key sectors of education, agriculture, business, government and health.

Faye says the project is geared towards building a solid evidence and knowledge base for facilitating an informed review of policy and regulatory positions in the country. It also aims to develop key ICT baseline statistics that will enable future studies; help monitor and assess the implementation of ICT policies; and develop the capacity to conduct ICT research and raise awareness on ICT measurement tools and techniques.

The methodology adopted for the project was designed to fine-tune indicators to match the growing and changing needs in Nigeria. The major components that were examined include:

- Indicators and benchmarks that are essential for measuring progress made by States on the effective deployment of ICT tools; 
- Policy that ensures the outcomes of the Scan-ICT project can assist in monitoring individual communities or sectors and the State at large; 
- Human resources for which the nature of demand for ICT skills is systematically monitored; and 
- Applications that focus on entrepreneurs, communities; and those involved in provision and delivery of social services.

During the validation workshop in Abuja, the Director-General and CEO of NITDA, Professor Cleopas Angaye, thanked ECA for its continued support to the development of Nigerian e-strategies and the SCAN ICT project. He emphasised the need to institutionalise collection of ICT indicators, for which the base was now laid down.

On behalf of the Director of ISTD, Faye indicated that measuring the level of ICT usage and exploitation not only serves the process of national development but allows for global comparison between countries.

The methodology used in Nigeria is based on the model developed by ECA, called the C.U.T. model (Capacity, Usage and Transformation) representing the different stages of ICT development in a country. SCAN ICT Nigeria is supported by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Government of Finland.

For more on the project visit: http://www.scanict.org.ng and http://www.nitda.gov.ng/index.php/ict4d-nitda/ict4d-action-plan



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS

Botswana Ministry in 5th ICT conference

Botswana’s Ministry of Transport and Communications will hold the 5th Annual ICT Pitso (conference) on the 4th and 5th of September 2014 at Tlotlo Hotel in Gaborone. Read More

Nigeria launches MasterCard-branded National eID cards

The Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has begun the issuance of 13 million MasterCard-branded National eID cards, with President Goodluck Jonathan the first to receive his card.   Read More

Minister warns about social media

A junior minister has advised Batswana to be very cautious of the now popular social media, saying it has become a scourge and harbinger of many criminal acts including terrorism.  Read More

Which African president has the best website?

The presidency of Togo, a tiny West African nation of six million people, has the best presidential website in Africa out of the 40 countries surveyed by Jeune Afrique magazine. Read More

Multimillion Kwacha traffic project questioned

Players in the transport system have questioned the  decision to settle for MOVESA and Fischer Consortium as the eligible bidder to upgrade Maltis. Read More

Statistics Botswana conducts ICT survey

Statistics Botswana (SB) has embarked on the first-ever nationwide Botswana Information & Communication Technology (ICT) survey, targeting 2,440 households.  Read More

Rwanda Online platform officially takes off

The Government of Rwanda and Rwanda Online Platform Limited have kicked off the first phase of the Rwanda Online platform, set to establish an integrated public service platform for Government to Business and Government to Citizen services.  Read More

Congo Brazzaville, Cameroon customs go hi-tech

Congo-Brazzaville and Cameroon have agreed to seek the help of ICTs to computerise their customs services. Read More

Candidates decry lack of internet in villages

Aspiring parliamentary candidates have decried lack of technology in the villages bordering the urban spaces and beyond.  Read More

COFEK supports Matiangi over impeachment calls

The Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) has defended Ministry of ICT cabinet secretary Dr Fred Matiangi after the ICT Association of Kenya (ICTAK) called for him to be impeached. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

Safaricom-Equity battle for mobile banking hots up Safaricom-Equity battle for mobile banking hots up

Equity bank's entry to the mobile banking and telephony industry is still hanging in the balance with London-based global association of mobile operators (GSMA) calling for independent audit. 

IN DEPTH

Kenya rolls out e-extension to improve agricultureKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture

In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.