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THE DIGITALLY AMAZING, CLUELESS GEJ: CONNECTED FOR GROWTH

Thursday, February 26, 2015





 President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s decision to focus on the ICT sector through the creation of the Ministry of Communication Technology has allowed us to make significant impact on the Nigerian economy


We are on a clear path to creating an inclusive digital economy that supports the positioning of Nigeria as a top ranked economy globally, not only in terms of GDP but in terms of innovation, productivity, efficiency, transparency and good governance.

The Transformation Agenda of the clueless GEJ has provided the impetus for propelling Nigeria towards the attainment of her Vision 20:2020. As a result the Nigerian ICT Sector has tremendously improved bringing new opportunities to the Nigeria populace; we have been included in the global village thus erasing the gap we experienced before 2011. Here are some of his achievements and still counting:   This is but an exceptional #Transformation in ICT:  

 


 General
  • The industry currently contributes 9.58% to GDP (Q3 2014) and is further enabling other parts of the economy
  • The improved environment assured by President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda has helped create local companies that are innovating and adding value to the Nigerian economy (Wakanow, Jumia, Paga, Konga, i-Sec, iRokoTV to name a few)
  • The Nigerian Telecoms sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world and continues to attract significant FDI. An additional $6B between 2011 and 2013
  • The Federal Ministry of Communication Technology has laid down key policy documents vis a vis the National ICT Policy, National Broadband Strategy, Local Content Guidelines
  • Declared Nigerian students a priority demographic and through the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF)have rolled out targeted initiatives including: Collaboration with the Ministry of Education and World Bank (STEP-B) in the deployment of fiber-optic to Universities and affiliated Medical Colleges -Nigerian Research and Education Network (Ng-REN)
  • 1.4 Million students in 27 Federal Universities now connected via NgRENand will shortly be able to join the West & Central African REN (WACREN). They Will now be able to join and collaborate with global REN communities
  •  3.4 Million Polytechnic students due to be connected by end 2015 in second phase
  • School Knowledge Centres: A platform through which the USPF extends ICT services to un-served areas and provides shared (public) access to ICT services, including computer training
  • 1,552 secondary schools equipped with ICT tools and 1,458,880 students estimated to have been introduced to ICTs through this program.
National IT Development Agency (NITDA) initiatives in support of the same demographic (Nigerian students) include:
  • Tertiary Institutions Access Project (TIAP) which provided desktop computers, printers, wireless network facilities to select tertiary institutions
  • 271 IT Centers in Tertiary Institutions (Knowledge Access Venue) set up so far in six (6) Federal Universities (Fed University Oye-Ekiti, Nasarawa, Zamfara, Enugu, Federal Poly, Kogiand LRCN HQ.) 
  • Public Access Venues (PAVs) provide shared access to ICT facilities in undeserved and un-served locations to various other demographics and NITDA initiatives here include 395 Rural Information Technology Centres (RITCs)that has been  set up nationwide with potential to impact the lives of over 2 Million rural users
-       ICT Training for Youths with Disabilities in Nigeria
  • Collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development and currently deploying ICT facilities at fourteen (14) institutes for the physically challenged
  • 222 Community Resources Centers have been subsidized by the USPF across the country (South-East (27); South-South (30); South West (43); North East (36); North-Central (38) and North-West (48).




Digital Inclusion
  • Leveraging POs as venues were the public can access ICT services
  • Launch of ICT centre developed in partnership with NITDA in October 2014 at Song Community, Adamawa State

Financial Inclusion
  • Currently providing cash management and third-party digital payment services
  • Preparing to provide financial services through a PPP arrangement

Social Inclusion (Public Services)
  • Working with selected State Governments to deliver public services at POs

National Addressing
  • Policy approved by FEC; Policy adopted by NEC.


Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiatives
-       This action has created opportunities currently un-available to the ever growing ecosystem of young Nigerian IT entrepreneurs. 
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       The IT Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator (iDEA) has created several direct and indirect IT jobs Specifically, ICT startups supported to establish their businesses through customized incubation and acceleration programs (some of these are 5 years old iSEC, just secured a turn-key deal with NIBSS to deploy its innovative financial authentication solution for all banks; Africania Computers Ltd (e-Pump solution) raised US$40,000 to complete its Back-office real-time monitoring software for sales and operation of gas station; KlienDevortwhich has a social networking to workplace automation tool and has negotiated a US$800K investment and TeDataLtd (an e-Stock solution provider) that has raised US$50k to mention but a few.

NAIJACLOUD DIGITAL JOBS CREATION

Launched the Naija Cloud Project with the objective of creating digital job opportunities and reducing unemployment in partnership with the World Bank through the STEP-B project of the Federal Ministry of Education



2,000 Nigerians were trained and within 2 months of the workshop, over 10,000 Nigerians were earning money on the E-Lance platform


ICTs in Government: 1-GOV.net enabled services in 2014

The FMCT launched a single wndow portal access for Citizens to gain access to Government information and services
1-GOV.net infrastructure provides a secure and reliable platform for this portal along with all other websites of Government agencies and over 5 million international passengers are processed through Nigeria’s airports annually

1-GOV.net infrastructure provides real-time connectivity between border control points, airports and a central processing server as well as with oversight systems within the Security Agencies

The Nigerian Government provides bridging assistance for the transportation of petroleum products to maintain uniform prices across the country and over 1,000 trucks are processed daily. All transactions are processed in real time over 1-GOV.net

The Federal Road Safety Commission has improved turn around time on drivers license processing (renewals and issuance) through the deployment of over 300 Licensing Centers Nationwide

1-GOV.net infrastructure is supporting all centers through real time connectivity to the FRSC Head Office

eCouncil is an Electronic Document Management and Automation System for the Federal Executive Council

1-GOV.net infrastructure provides a robust record keeping and memoranda generation system that improved executive efficiency across all Ministries

Government Wide Messaging and Collaboration
For the first time in Government History, Civil Servants in Ministries have access to secure email services for improved productivity

Connected Government
Pilot group of Civil Servants in select Ministries have access to toll free intercom services and video conferencing for better collaboration and productivity

The Nigerian Customs Service recently deployed a Pre-Arrival Assessment Report system to improve speed and reliability of clearing imported goods.
1-GOV.net provides connectivity services to support the 24/7 Helpdesk platform


Empowering Nigerian Women & Girls through ICTs

President Goodluck Jonathan’s agenda has a very strong emphasis in inclusive development and considers significant portions of our women & girls to belong to a vulnerable section of society and are sometimes left out of major development drives
-      In addition, major indicators in gender-specific online trends show that women and girls tend to be omitted from participation in the evolving digital economy
-      The Ministry of Communication Technology is a key partner as the Federal Governments intervenes to empower Nigerian women and girls through ICTs
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        Major thrust is through the Federal Government’s unique gender based budgeting initiative known as the Growing Girls and Women in Nigeria (GWIN)
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     The Ministry of Communication Technology, a key partner in the GWIN project, is empowering women and girls through specific technology initiatives, including:
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       The Digital Girls Clubs, the “1,000 Girls ICT Training Programme” and the “Smart Woman Nigeria” project.

 
BEYOND 2015
Intention is to continue providing a predictable and stable environment that supports the development of the ICT industry. This will require:

  • -    Continued collaboration with our key stakeholders
    -    Developing guidelines and fresh policy documents that will ensure continued growth of the Nigerian ICT industry
    -   Continued efforts to ensure the Nigerian public remain fully aware of our mandate, how they can support this AND how ICTs can enhance their work and lives. 







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