By Stanley Iwuoha
In a bid to fast-track the implementation of the National e-Government Masterplan and the Digital Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government, the
National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), says it would continue to support e-Governance implementation at the state level.
This is coming on the backdrop of the reviewed draft of Jigawa state e-government master plan which the Agency presented to the state in Abuja.
The document presented for review was developed by NITDA in conjunction with the Jigawa State Government.
The document aimed at providing concrete master plan that will guide the state on how to incorporate digital technology in running the activities of government in the state.
The NITDA Director General, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, in his virtual remarks said; to build a strong foundation, the Agency has been supporting the state with interventions like Information Technology Hub, ICT Innovations and Entrepreneurship, IT Capacity Building Centres, Women in ICT (Capacity Building) amongst others.
Today, we are putting the draft Plan with 20 strategic initiatives before the top government officials for your inputs, haven gone through a series of developmental stages from preparation to assessment stage, envisioning and documents development stage, he added.
The NITDA boss noted that Jigawa state is the first choice for e-Government master plan because of the Jigawa State Comprehensive Development Framework, adding that, with the vision to have a society full of opportunities, where people are sufficiently empowered to participate in decisions and processes that affect their lives in an enabling environment for sustainable economic growth and human-centred development, e-governance implementation has become imperative.
The vision, he stated is built on four pillars which are; Generating Economic Growth (GEG), Human Capital Development (HCD), Governance and Institutional Development (GID), Ensuring Sustainable Development (ESD). The DG stated that the acceleration of this vision is guaranteed if digital technology and innovation is embedded in the reforms.
He stated that for any government to be highly competitive and successful, it must integrate digital technology and innovation in all its reforms. He added that, “Digital Economy will not be sympathetic to any Government who refuses to embrace digital technology and innovation”.
Mallam Abdullahi maintained that the plan will set the strategic direction for all other digital initiatives in the state.