New Policy ‘ll Institutionalise Frameworks, Standards Within MDAs- Pantami
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami said in Abuja that not only will the launch of National Policy Commissions Multiple Digital Economy projects would significantly reduce the cost of governance.
Speaking during the virtual launch earlier today, the Minister added that it would also
institutionalise frameworks and standards within Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of governments as well as government -owned companies using virtual engagement as an administrative procedure in service.
“Digital Economy projects are carefully thought out and executed efficiently with a view to ensure the sustainable growth of Nigeria’s Digital Economy”.
Pantami noted that the Paradigm shift to virtual engagements in official circles globally, occasioned by the COVID 19 Pandemic, necessitated the need for a policy to give legal impetus to the practice in public institutions. “The Policy which was approved by the Federal Executive Council on the 14th October 2020 was developed in collaboration with the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
Speaking further, Pantami noted that the Policy will “institutionalise frameworks and standards within Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of governments as well as government -owned companies using virtual engagement as an administrative procedure in service and significantly reduce the cost of governance”.
In line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, the facilities commissioned under the auspices of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will enhance security, create digital jobs, promote knowledge-based economic growth, increase productivity and enhance commercial and administrative methods.
The Minister emphasized the commitment of government in ensuring that no part of the country is left out in the digitalisation process because all states of the federation are benefitting from various digital economy projects already.
The emergency communications centre is located in Akure, the Ondo state capital, while the Digital Economy Centres are domiciled in Delta State University Abraka, Government Secondary School, Rigasa, Kaduna state and Federal University Gashua, Yobe state. This brings to a total of 64 completed and fully functional projects commissioned under the leadership of the Minister.