Development Agency, NITDA
has commenced a strategic
interactive program among
federal ministries, departments
and agencies, MDAs and ICT
Permanent secretary, Ministry
of communications, Arc Soony
Echono who stated this at a
two day retreat in Abuja said
the action is in line with its
commitment to turn Nigeria into
a technology innovation hub in
The OIIE was setup to nurture,
cultivate and expand ICT
innovation and entrepreneurship
in Nigeria in line with NITDA
Act 2007 and the National ICT
Arch Echono said information
communication technology (ICT)
is a key tool in the change agenda
of the current administration
adding that President Buhari’s
administration would deploy
ICT to tackle youth employment,
wealth creation, economic growth,
efficiency and transparency in
According to him, the objective
of the retreat was for the OIIE
to start an active engagement
between the ICT start-ups and
government. “It is expected that
through these initiatives and
programmes, there will be an
increase in the contributions from
ICT to the national GDP, which
will include more jobs and wealth
National Coordinator, OIIE,
Bunmi Okunowo, stressed that
government the world over is a
huge market for ICT entrepreneurs
as there are challenges in
government processes and service
delivery requiring solution. He
further stressed, “As it’s often
said, charity begins at home.
There is a need to infuse new ICT
innovations into government to
improve efficiency in its service
delivery to its stakeholders, as
well as increase transparency and
There is an increasing
number of ICT startups and
entrepreneurs with governmentfacing
technologies, Okunowo
explained, that have evolved
over time and can solve specific
challenges in government.
“We have startups like
Talentbase with HR solution,
Prowork with mobile-based
project management app,
Slimtrader, an agro-allied based
app, e-Pump solution from
Africania, Wecyclers, an incentivebased
recycling company,
Wizitup with an educational
solution and many others across
the country”.
Specifically, he explained
that the aim of the Government
Startup Interactive Program,
GSIP, would be to establish
networks and dialogue between
the Heads of ICT in MDAs and
IT start-ups towards improving
efficiency in government service
delivery through innovative and
trendy technologies, as well as
creating market opportunities for
Secretary, Council of ICT Heads
in MDAs, Mrs. Moni Udoh offered
that the council would collaborate
with IT startups in the provision
of required assistance that would
enable them deploy IT tools to
address public sector challenges.
She disclosed that though the
Council was inaugurated on
April 4, 2013, as an advisory
body with no authority to make
decisions, it could encourage ICT
transformational changes within
the MDAs.