The Federal Government of Nigeria has restated that it will fully integrate ICTs into the socio-economic development of Nigeria in order to transform the country into a knowledge-based economy.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy Mr. Musa Istifanus stated this at the opening ceremony of the 7th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy with the theme “Leveraging the gain of ICTs in Developing and Implementing Digital Economy Strategy in Nigeria” holding in Gombe, Gombe State.
Mr. Istifanus noted that connectivity, capacity building and inter-agency collaboration, are key factors that will bridge the digital divide and enhance technology development across the nation.
“The policy thrusts of the Ministry clearly articulate government’s intent In a number of thematic areas amongst which are local content development, ICT Research, Development and Innovation, Investment and Funding, inter agency cooperation in ICT Hardware production, Universal access and service Internet and broadband,”he said.
The Permanent Secretary explained that, “New technologies devices, mobility and technology capabilities interoperability, security, data analytics) offer new ways to make this achievable. The society is moving towards transparency and openness. There are initiatives to increase the engagement with the citizen, attract usage, develop increased levels of thrust, and improve the service delivery. ICT offers the best platform to achieve this,” Istifanus noted
He urged the participants to take advantage of discussions and networking opportunities and resolutions to address challenges and build strategic partnership towards realizing the vision of a new Nigeria.
In his remarks,the Gombe State Commissioner for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Aishatu Umar-Maigari thanked the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy for choosing the state to host the 2019 council meeting in Gombe State.