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E-Governance: NITDA begins capacity building for MDAs

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Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, on Wednesday, commenced a two day virtual strategic capacity building workshop for Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Public Institutions, FPI.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the training is in three phases for Directors of ICT and Heads of Procurement, Network administrators and Domain Managers, while the third batch is for the NITDA team driving the digital transformation agenda.

Speaking during the flagging-off of the workshop, on Wednesday, in Abuja, the NITDA Director-General, Kashifu Inuwa, said the workshop will hasten the implementation of the National e-Government Masterplan and inculcate the use of Information Technology in carrying out government activities.

Mr Inuwa, who was represented by the Director e-Government Development and Regulation Dr. Vincent Olatunji, stated that in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, NDEPS, NITDA, has a strategic roadmap which it has been implementing.

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According to him, one of the major pillars driving the policy is to develop quality human capital to drive government initiatives and government plans at the various MDAs.

He noted that in line with the National e-Government master plan of the country, a strategy to have an institutional framework was designed to implement the NDEPS.

Recall that a DT-TWGS was set up earlier and 442 members from 89 MDAs were trained.

The Director General also hinted that it is in a bid to spread the training to other critical stakeholders in the MDAs that necessitated the need for this strategic capacity building workshop.

“In order to exchange ideas and share knowledge on various strategic initiatives to put in place for the Nation to move forward under this new normal, the post COVID-19 era,” he said.

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Speaking further, the Mr Inuwa said the training focuses basically on three major topics: e-government and National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, legal framework for e-government and thirdly managing government process reengineering.

One of the resource persons, Engr. Nasir Shinkafi of Backbone Connectivity Networks Nigeria LTD, highlighted the major attributes of e-government as transparency, efficiency and quality service.

According to him, this will yield strategic outcomes such as a high performing government with high performance culture, responsible financial management and competent, committed non-corruptible officers.

Speaking on legal framework, Emmanuel Edet of NITDA, explained that for e-Government, the subject matters requiring legal framework are organizational structure, recognition of electronic documents, authentication and e-signature, security and trust.

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Others are electronic information management, interoperability framework, privacy and personal data security and funding for e-government research.

The guest presenter, Dr. Lawal Zakari, emphasized the need to replace outdated and outmoded work processes with effective and re-engineered government processes as a way forward.

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