Infrastructure critical to e-governance – Alumona
A marketing Communications expert, Jenkins Alumona, has said the deployment of e-governance and other Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools in Nigeria will not make the needed impact across sectors, if critical infrastructure such as electricity is not available.
Alumona, the Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Outcomes Limited Group, said this at the inaugural edition of The Nigeria e-Government Conference in Lagos.
Speaking on a sub-theme, ‘Government Service Delivery in the Information Age: Citizens’ Expectations’, he explained that the non-availability of critical infrastructure, such as electricity greatly hinders Nigerians from participating in the e-governance process and limits progress of the initiative.
“Whichever area you want to focus on, whether it is e-governance or efficiency, we must never forget that if there is no direct benefit to the people, then it is a complete waste of time. I don’t know how many people here know of a growing industry called ‘phone charging’. If you don’t focus on the big ‘E’, which is electricity, how do you get to e-governance, how do people get to benefit?
Alumona, a former journalist, also called on Nigerians to hold government accountable in ensuring that the relevant infrastructure and services are provided for their well-being.
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