Microsoft gets on board Nigeria’s digital transformation journey
Microsoft Nigeria is collaborating with Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) towards the digital transformation of the public sector to make governance more accessible and more efficient for the benefit of the country.
This was discussed at the one-day Microsoft Digital Government Conference held in Abuja last week, where Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications, stated that it had become important for the Government to align with the private sector and Information Communication Technology (ICT) stakeholders in order to progress in Nigeria’s journey of digital transformation for the good of the nation.
“The Government of Nigeria recognises the urgent need to increase efficiency and transparency, improve and align processes, smart government and smart cities, attract new investors, bridge the digital divide and transform government services,“ Adebayo Shittu said in his keynote address.
According to Shittu, the federal government realising the importance of digitisation to national development has put in place a plan focused on achieving vision 20:2020 with the development of the ICT industry as pivotal to achieving these objectives.
“In order to rationalise the work towards achieving Vision 20:2020, the Government of Nigeria has developed the new ICT strategic roadmap, it details how Nigeria will leverage ICT to become a knowledge-based, globally competitive society by 2020.”
Also speaking, Akin Banuso, General Manager Microsoft Nigeria, said “Digital transformation has become the bedrock of most economies in the 21st century and Microsoft is uniquely driving the adoption across key strata of national development.”
Banuso stressed that, “Digital Transformation for the government is about making the government more accessible, efficient and transparent to people. It is also about unlocking insights from data. By understanding the data, government organisations can realise and increase the value of their information through digital transformation.”
Isa Ibrahim Pantami, Director General, NITDA, in his speech said; accelerating digital transformation is premised on effective regulation.
According to Pantami, “transformation will only take place if matched by regulation.” He spoke extensively on the role of NITDA in helping the government achieve its socio-economic agenda, stressing that NITDA is creating awareness in the public sector, facilitating digital literacy, developing standard guidelines and framework for government agencies.
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