The federal government is set to issue a circular to all ministries, department and agencies (MDAs) on the patronage of communications satellite requirement from NIGCOMSAT in compliance with Federal Executive Order 003 and 005.
This among others were key decisions taken at the just concluded National Council on Communication Technology (NCCT-06) which held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State from November 19–24, 2018.
The meeting which had “Leveraging Information Communication Technology as a veritable tool for Economic Recovery and Growth” as theme was declared open by Governor of Ogun state, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun and was presided over by the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Nkechi Ejele.
According to the communique issued at the end of the meeting, the Ministry of Communications was advised to issue a circular to states to designate a desk officer/civil servant in the appropriate MDAs where there is no Ministry of Communications to handle ICT related matters.
Other decisions were that NITDA should render necessary assistance in providing support to states for agriculture value chain management; states should key into the broadband penetration plan in Nigeria which will save costs and improve better relations; and collaborate with relevant telecoms companies and service providers so as to provide necessary support for easy implementation of the Digital Villages Project.
The federal government was asked to encourage MDAs to develop individual digital business strategies and cloud backup systems which should be domiciled in the country and encouraged states to establish their State Information Technology Development Agencies (SITDA).
MDAs were asked to pursue public private partnership (PPP) options to secure the creation of digital platforms for citizen participation and enlightenment. The meeting agreed that the rapid connection of towns and cities to NICTIB via last-mile connectivity links will lead to the creation of new jobs opportunities in ICT across the country.
It was also agreed that government should fast-track the adoption of Internet of things (IoT) through collaboration of the Ministry of Communications and Science and Technology at federal and State levels while local content compliance certificate be included as part of the requirement for government contractors for the award of contract.
All tiers of government were enjoined to key into the digitization of civil service as a means of improving productivity and afford citizens access to government service. It urged NITDA and Galaxy Backbone Limited to explore the use of block-chain technology in the public service delivery; the use of NICTIB to deploy electronic dashboard to monitor ERGP progress and also ensure the rapid connection of town and cities via last mile connectivity links.