FG insists on practical skills for e-government processes


THE federal government has stressed the need for all government officials to take the issue of e-government initiative from theoretical to practical approach. Isa Pantami, minister of communications, said this would ensure strategic implementation of all government online processes.

Speaking at a recent meeting with the Korea International Cooperation Agency, KOICA, Pantami explained that this would be in tandem with the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. He said the federal government recognised the support, collaboration and trainings facilitated for many public servants in Nigeria by KOICA.

Pantami said government was ready to continue to partner and work with them to move the e-Government implementation to the next level. “We must sit down and take the issue of e-Government from theoretical to practical approach. I am glad we already have e-Government Master Plan in place, but I always challenge my colleagues that producing master plan, blue print or strategies is not enough until we do what we can to translate it into action.

“If a document is produced and documented in our place without implementation, the aims would have been defeated because the strategy is just theoretical, execution of that theory is where our expertise needs to be displayed,” he said.

Pantami said living in theoretical form would not solve the problem, while stressing the need for government officials to ensure that they put a strategy in place to implement the master plan religiously and ensure that the country reaps the expected result for its socio-economic development by creating digital jobs. “We want to ensure that all the agencies under the Ministry play significant roles in the area of E-Government implementation.”

The minister thanked the KOICA team for the provision of e-Government Training Centre at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria, PSIN, and assured them that government would ensure that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, do partake in the training.

Responding, Woochan Chang, country director, KOICA, pointed out that the team had been collaborating with the ministry to develop e-Government in Nigeria and that it has engaged with many other stakeholders such as the Open Government Partnership, OGP, Civil Society Organisation, CSO, and others for effective implement of the e-Government in Nigeria.

– Sept. 13, 2019 @ 16:35 GMT |

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