- The introduction of e-government applications has been beneficial to governments around the world in several ways
- In Nigeria, the federal government has used the initiative to deepen its digital and online presence to enhance its operations
- However, a key official in the government, says more needs to be done to maximize the use of e-government
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has urged the federal government to re-examine Nigeria's e-government initiatives to enhance efficiency and convenience in the delivery of government services.
The advice was given by the executive vice-chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, at the Nigeria E-Government Conference in Lagos on Thursday, October 24.
Danbatta who delivered the keynote address at the conference stated that the effective application of Information Communications Technology (ICT) to governance would have an impact on government business.
According to him, “it will remarkably increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of government, bring efficiency and convenience to the government services delivery process, curb corruption practices and create a lot of high skilled labour in the country.”
Danbatta lamented that Nigeria's e-government drive is still faced with a number of challenges.
“These range from lack of adequate Information Technology (IT) infrastructure; epileptic power/electricity supply; reduced budgetary allocation for ICT, lack of trained and qualified personnel and the resistance to change attitude by public servants and other related issues,” he said.
He noted that the internet is an important infrastructure that must be available to both the government and the end-user citizens, businesses or other stakeholders to ensure effective interaction with the government.
“In this regard, the NCC has continued to push various initiatives to deepen access to the internet and by extension, broadband services in the country,” Danbatta said.
The NCC boss noted that for Nigeria to adequately maximize e-government services, efforts must be made in providing infrastructure, strong policy, governance and outreach dimensions.
Meanwhile, the national chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Metallurgical, Mining and Materials Engineers (NIMMME), Engr. Dr. Ayodeji Adeyemo has stated that Nigeria can generate almost $300billion from iron ore and lead.
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