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FEC approves policy on virtual engagements for public service

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[files] Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), minister of Communications and Digital Economy. Photo: TWITTER/FMoCDENigeria


Following the presentation of a draft policy by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and Head of Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the Policy on Virtual Engagements for public service.

In a statement issued in Abuja, Technical Assistant to the Minister on Information Technology, Femi Adeluyi, noted that COVID-19 pandemic led to a sudden migration of official meetings from the conventional physical meeting format to virtual platforms.

He said much as these changes were welcome, provision was not made for such meetings in the Public Service Rules. He pointed out that the Policy on Virtual Engagements for Public Service was developed to legalise and provide the framework and standards for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to use virtual engagements, as administrative procedure in public service.

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Adeluyi added that the policy would enhance learning and manpower development in the MDAs, create a smart workforce, improve transparency in government and fight corruption.

“The minister urges all MDAs and government-owned companies to familiarise themselves with provisions of the policy and ensure full compliance. To ensure the inter-operability of technologies adopted for inter-governmental meetings, government institutions at the state and council levels are also encouraged to adopt the policy,” he said.

Adeluyi stated that the implementation of the policy would improve service delivery in the country and support implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy.

The policy could also be supported by supplementary legislation from regulatory parastatals supervised by the ministry and expressed the ministry’s commitment to support all government institutions towards the successful implementation of the policy.

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