Federal government has restated its commitment towards the e-Government Master Plan 2020 developed by the Federal Ministry of Communications and designed as an essential Blueprint of modalities and protocols for the adoption of e-Government best practices, across board, by all Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.
This was made known yesterday by the minister of communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, at Stakeholders’ Engagement Workshop on “e-Government Master Plan 2020”.
He said that the Master Plan is envisaged as a tidy Road Map for integrating governance in Nigeria, into the post-modern global ICT age for the purpose of matchless efficiency, accountability and transparency; which, as experience in the developed world has proven, is the exclusive reserve of the carriage of governance on the ICT platform of modern technology.
The minister opined that e-Government in Nigeria will deliver such dividends as, Cost savings, resulting in efficiency in service delivery; enhanced transparency and accountability; improved public administration and economic development and the growth of the ICT sector, leading to more employment opportunities for Nigerian youth.
According to him, “I must, most earnestly, share with you the deep sense of urgency that I, and the entire Ministry of Communications, feel as per the importance of the e-Government Master Plan 2020. As you very well know, this present administration of positive change is keen on delivering improved government services to the citizens of our great country for the purpose of leading the country into a new era of growth and development.
“The President Muhammadu Buhari led administration is equally keen on the task of improving the capacity of its public sector workforce to match-up in skill and capacity for the delivery of the promised positive Change which effectively constitutes the popular mandate given by Nigerians to the administration at the March 28, 2015 general elections.
“In the light of the positive Change mandate and policy thrust of this administration, therefore, we as e-Government Stakeholders have our work in this Workshop cut-out for us. To put it clearly, we as stakeholders in this crucial area must see ourselves as essential co-workers with the administration in the task of empowering the administration and its workforce with one of the most potent tools for it to deliver the promised positive Change to our great country, “he stated.
Speaking further, he said that Positive national change in today’s ICT-driven world is virtually impossible without competence and efficiency in e-Governance.
“The benefits of speed, propriety, best-option, transparency, accountability and mass-participation in Government available only via the e-Government framework and platform make it a sine qua non for meaningful and sustainable political and socio-economic growth and development.”

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