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Pantami calls for public sector reforms, harps on citizens-centred technology

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Rayyan Alhassan
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, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, says effective service delivery in governance is the key idea behind public sector reforms in the country.

Mr Pantami said this while delivering a virtual keynote address at the 11th African day International Conference, on Thursday in Abuja, organised by the Republic of Slovenia.

The minister’s paper, with the title: “Emerging Technologies and Collaborations on Citizens-Centred Technology Governance” dwelled on collaborations for citizens-centred technology.

He said that citizens-centred governance involves new ways of enabling citizens to prosper.

“It aims at providing an environment where all citizens irrespective of class, caste and gender can develop to their full potential.

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“It also aims at providing public service effectively, efficiently and equitably to the citizens as the core of good governance, hence, good governance and citizens-centred administration are inextricably linked,” he said

Mr Pantami highlighted some of the strategies adopted by the Federal Government to enhance citizens-centred technology governance.

“The strategies include the issuance of Nigeria Data Protection Regulation and the subsequent establishment of a full-fledged bureau.

“The approval of the Presidential Council for Digital Economy and eGovernment, the Nigeria Startup Bill (NSB) and the accessibility of government services online, among others,” he said.

The minister also disclosed that efforts were ongoing to expand the scope on both service rendition and delivery.

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He commended the giant strides made by Slovenia especially in the area of blockchain technology and appealed for partnership with African countries

“A partnership between Slovenia and African countries will be a win-win situation and this conference is well poised to facilitate such collaborations,” he said.

The conference is held annually and the theme for this year is: “Africa and Europe: Cooperation on Digital Transition and New Technologies”.


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