President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered the Minister of Communications, Bayo Shittu, to draw a four year master plan on electronic governance.
The move was announced at the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja as part of efforts to digitalise Federal Government’s daily activities.
The Presidency also directed the minister to present two key memoranda: the Nigeria e-Government Master Plan for 2016-2020 and the Nigeria Information Communication Technology (ICT) Sector Roadmap 2016-2019.
The Presidency said that the communication minister should bring forward the two technology plans of government to FEC, after it was decided that ‘status quo’ should remain with Shittu overseeing the agencies under his watch, while his Science and Technology counterpart, Dr. Ogbonaya Onu, should continue to oversee 17 parastatals, which are mostly research agencies.
According to the directive, the ministry of communication, which is the rightful agency in which the Presidential Council proposed on e-Government is to be domiciled, should review the composition of the council and include all critical stakeholders before submitting the memorandum to council.”
The move was also part of President Buhari’s war against corruption aiming at running transparency and all-inclusive government.
It is hoped that if implemented at the top, the e-Government master plan could as well spread to the 35 other states and across 774 local government area councils in the country.
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