The Nigerian government is building six e-government training centres, one each in the six geopolitical zones of the country.
The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy,Dr.Isa Pantami disclosed this during the inauguration of the e-government Training Centre Governing Committee in Abuja.
Dr. Pantami said it is part of government’s efforts towards achieving a digital economy.
“We have a dream of establishing other centres in each of the geopolitical zone of the country so that when we want to train and retrain people they can use the Center within thier zones to be trained.The cost of living in Abuja is very expensive if we are to bring people form different states example from say Baylesa,Borno,Kebbi or Ekiti to be trained here in Abuja it will be very high but if u establish in each geo political zone it will be much easier for us to ensure that civil servants are trained.” He said.
According to the Minister “NITDA has been mandated by the NITDA Act Act 2007 to come up with framework and regulatory instrument for E- governance implementation and the Galaxy Backbone which is mandated to provide what is required of digital infrastructure for federal public institutions and e-governance implementation. And to set up a committee to commence the process and ensure sustainability of the centres. And the ministry will play the key role of supervision and ensure that things are on track.”Pantami said
He also gave the committee terms of reference: “the committee should meet from time to agree on what should be done and the challenge before us is to ensure that all federal public servants are trained on e-governance.” Minister explained.
He stressed the need for the committee to come up with a framework, legal and regulatory instrument for the centre as the responsibility to review and monitor operational procedures of the center, ensure sustainability of the center and develop strategy for attracting funding, collaborations and expanding the centre to every geo-political zones to ensure that all public servants are trained within their zones to reduce cost.
The Director General NITDA and Co-Chairman of the committee Mr. Kashifu Inuwa said “I will work with the Minister to make a digital Nigeria a reality. Capacity building is a key for digital economy as it is about knowledge based economy and we need to empower our citizens and public servants to key into the strategy.”Inuwa noted
Prof. Muhammad Abubakar, Managing Director/CEO of Galaxy Backbone who is a Co-Chairman of the committee said, “We are ready to discharge the duties given to the committee and deliver on the terms of reference. Is a primary vehicle the digital economy and litracy rely on. Nigeria cannot be left behind in the E-revolution, must train Nigerians on how to use all the digital platforms.” He added .