FG commissions communications centres
The Federal Government of Nigeria has launched a National Policy on Virtual Engagements in Federal Public Institutions even as it commissioned an Emergency Communications Centre (ECC) and four more Digital Economy Centres across the country.
Speaking at the event on Monday in Abuja, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami noted that the paradigm shift to virtual engagements in official circles globally, occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, necessitated the need for a policy to give legal impetus to the practice in public institutions.
Pantami noted that the policy will “institutionalise frameworks and standards within Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of governments as well as government-owned companies using virtual engagement as an administrative procedure in service and significantly reduce the cost of governance.”
He stated that the policy, which was approved by the Federal Executive Council on October 14, 2020, was developed in collaboration with the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
The minister said that all “Digital Economy projects were carefully thought out and executed efficiently with a view to ensure the sustainable growth of Nigeria’s Digital Economy.”
He observed that in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, the facilities commissioned under the auspices of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will enhance security, create digital jobs, promote knowledge-based economic growth, increase productivity and enhance commercial and administrative methods.
The Minister reiterated government’s commitment to ensure that no part of the country is left out in the digitalisation process as already, all states of the federation are benefitting from various Digital Economy projects..
The ECC is located in Akure, the Ondo state capital, while the Digital Economy Centres are domiciled in Delta State University Abraka, Government Secondary School, Rigasa, Kaduna state and Federal University Gashua, Yobe state. This brings to a total of 64 completed and fully functional projects commissioned under the leadership of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.
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