ICT capacity building key to Nigeria’s Digitization

Na’ankwat Dariem, Abuja


The Nigerian Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami, says capacity building in civil service is critical to the digitization process of the country.

Dr. Isa Pantami who stated this at the Closing/Awards ceremony of the Huawei ICT for Change 1000 Civil Servants Training Programme in Nigeria said digitization can only be achieved through Public Private Partnership which will in turn improve the economy, create youth employment, and reduce poverty in the country.

Digitation all over the world has been very effective tool in improving the economy of every nation. Therefore, e-Governance adoption cannot be achieved without ICT capacity building which is mandatory. So this to tell you that it necessary for our civil servants to improve their ICT skill in order to face the evolving ICT challenges. This is part of the process of Public Private Partnership of the Federal Government and Huawei

Today some government institution in Nigeria have digitized their activities significantly. Aleast we are making progress and I believe with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari we will achieve this in the next three and half years.

Pantami appreciated Huawei for the gesture and called for more cooperation with the technology company.

On his part the Vice President of Huawei Technologies Company, Mr. Chen Zhijun commended Nigeria for the adoption Information and communication technology ICT as a tools to support the diversification of the economy through improving the knowledge economy using ICT.

ICT has contributed over 10% of Nigeria’s GDP. Furthermore, World Economic Forum predicts by 2025, some 1.9 million jobs and $20 billion in additional GDP will accrue to Nigeria as technology continues to offer people new opportunities to engage in online platform work and transition from informal to formal jobs.

In this process, ICT enhances human capabilities in areas such as health, education, agriculture, finance, transportation, commerce and governance. This is why we have put so much efforts on ICT FOR CHANGE program. Because ICT is a great tool to unleash the potential in people. He said

Mr. Chen Zhijun reiterated commitment of Huawei to continue and expand the programme through partnership with Nigeria.

“Huawei Nigeria is determined and committed to walking this journey with Nigerians to boost availability, accessibility and affordability of ICT services to turn digital inclusion into social and economic inclusion, with our vision and mission to bring digital to every person, home, organization for a fully connected and intelligent world.” Zhijun noted.

Also a Staff of Voice of Nigeria, Mrs Fatima Aziz-Imnran was among the recipients of the First Price Award of the Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Nigeria, Mr Boss Mustapha.

She was among the best six trainees.

Mrs.  Aziz Imiran said she was overwhelmed and happy with the award given to her saying that with the knowledge gain will be applied in all IT related systems in the organization.

I will make sure that all related IT systems are utilized optimally. With a better understanding of Internet of Things, IoT, Cloud capacity and big data I will put to use in the day to day running of the organisation work I for to save time and cost, and improve the efficiency in governance.

Adding that I will also transfer the ICT skills to other staff of the cooperation

The ICT for Change is a program by the Federal Government of Nigeria in partnership with Huawei Nigeria to develop the capacity of civil servants, especially in the area of technological know-how.

A total of 935 public civil servants drawn from 101 Ministries, Departments and Agencies, attended the program.