The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, has disclosed the rationale behind initiating the Nigeria Government Enterprise Architecture, NGEA.
Delivering a keynote address at the 12th annual conference of Abuja chapter of Information Systems Audit and Control Association, ISACA, in Abuja, Mr Inuwa said the framework is aimed at driving short, medium, and long term digital transformation of the country’s economy.
According to him, the framework provided a guide, enabling other government parastatals to easily execute digital initiatives and it has also reduced the complexity associated with digital transformation and accelerated adoption across the board.
“The framework we designed at NITDA is in line with the digital transformation foundation laid by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“In October 2019, the president renamed and expanded the mandate of our ministry to cover Digital Economy and also unveiled National Digital Economy Policy for digital Nigeria.
“On the same day, the president also directed all Federal Public Institutions (FPIs) to set up a Digital Transformation Technical Working Group which was achieved Aug. 27, where the first set of 100 Federal Public Institutions’ digital transformation working group was inaugurated.
“This is to consolidate on the achievements recorded under some of our initiatives such as the Nigeria e-Government Master Plan (NeGMP) Nigeria e-Government Interoperability Framework (Ne-GIF) and Nigeria Government Enterprise Architecture (NGEA).
“The framework firstly is to promote one government digital service and to guarantee the autonomy of Federal Public Institutions to make individual decisions around business processes, digital services, and applications,” he said.
Mr Inuwa further said the framework with seven layers, which included business, service, data, application, IT Infrastructure, security and performance, centered around people and processes.
According to him, each layer has high-level expectations for FPIs, as well as specifies best practices, standards, tools, reference models and recommendations that will help FPIs achieve their value propositions and meet citizens’ expectations for government digital services.
He also said that the COVID-19 reality had necessitated a digital transformation strategy that focused more on how to deliver digital service to Nigerians.
“Haven understood how important digital capabilities are in driving digital transformation, we have embarked on upskilling and reskilling Nigerians with appropriate knowledge and skills which are the necessary building blocks for digital transformation.
“We have trained over 26,000 Nigerians this year alone on different digital skills to help them understand and embrace digital transformation.
“In addition to the capacity building, we have provided thousands of digital tools to Nigerians, ranging from artisan toolbox set, smart mobile devices, laptops, to building community training centers, IT hubs, innovation, incubation hubs and center of excellence for emerging technologies,” he added.