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

Search News

comments powered by Disqus

MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS

NCC chief urges Fed Govt to relax forex policy

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, has urged the Federal Government to consider relaxing its forex policy for telecommunications companies. Read More

No deal with MTN on fine, says ComTech minister

Nigeria’s Communications Technology Minister says no concrete deal has been sealed in respect of the fine imposed on MTN. Read More

CA rejects misleading reports on Essar sale

Francis Wangusi, Ngene Gituku and Christopher Wambua The Chairman of the Communications Authority of Kenya board of directors, Ngene Gituku, has refuted allegations of impropriety and unethical conduct around the sale of Essar Telecom Kenya Ltd. Read More

Smart Africa seeks One Africa Network

ICT Ministers and telecoms regulatory bodies meeting in Kigali have resolved to implement the new One Africa regional telecommunications framework initiative this year. Read More

Kenyan mobile operators fail on QoS targets

The Communications Authority of Kenya says Kenya’s mobile operators have failed to meet Quality of Service standards for the third year running. Read More

Glo Ghana sanctioned for call setup time delays

The Ghana NCA says it has sanctioned Ghana’s sixth network operator, Glo, for failing in its Call Setup Time obligation within the Greater Accra region. Read More

Facebook post costs Kenyan $50000

A social media user in Kenya has been fined Kshs 5million for allegedly defaming a member of parliament on social media; in a ruling that will set a precedent on any future internet cases in Kenya. Read More

BTCL lists on local bourse

A journey that began close to a decade ago has culminated in the first successful privatisation of a Botswana state entity – BTCL. Read More

Huawei appointed lead ICT consultant for Uganda

Huawei has been appointed as a lead ICT consultant in Uganda, and has named ten Ugandans to benefit from its Seeds for the Future development programme. Read More

GSMA, others reject Nigerian electronic tax bill

The GSMA, ALTON, ATCON and NATCOMS have rejected the Bill for the Establishment of a Tax on Electronic Communication Services in Nigeria. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks UnlimitedArbor Networks
Advertisement

FEATURED STORY

Nigeria satellite resources to boost economic growthNigeria satellite resources to boost economic growth

The Management of NigComSat says Nigeria’s satellite resources are primed to help the nation in accelerating robust ICT infrastructure to boost economic development for the country.

IN DEPTH

IBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South AfricaIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa

IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.  

COMPANY NEWS

RSA research reveals blind spots in threat detection

RSA, The Security Division of EMC, has released the results of a new Threat Detection Effectiveness Survey.

Networks Unlimited event highlights SimpliVity's new Omnistack Software

Leading data protection focused distributor invites hyperconverged vendor to discuss disaster recovery and data protection.

MTN and Ericsson lead the way with first LTE-U network

To future proof its business, MTN SA, together with Ericsson, has successfully trialled LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) at MTN’s flagship channel store in Morningside, Johannesburg.