Professor Isa Pantami
By Jessica Dogo
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, said effective service delivery in governance is the key idea behind public sector reforms in the country.
Pantami said this while delivering a virtual keynote address at the 11th Africa Day International Conference on Thursday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conference was hosted by the Republic of Slovenia.
The Minister’s paper, titled: Emerging Technologies and Collaborations on Citizen-Centric Technology Governance, focused on collaborations for citizen-centric technology.
He said citizen-centered governance involves new ways of enabling citizens to thrive.
“It aims to provide an environment where all citizens, regardless of class, caste and gender, can develop their full potential.
“It also aims to provide effective, efficient and equitable public service to citizens as the core of good governance, therefore, good governance and citizen centered administration are inextricably linked,” he said. .
Pantami highlighted some of the strategies adopted by the federal government to improve citizen-centric technology governance.
“Strategies include the publication of a Nigerian Data Protection Regulation and the subsequent establishment of a fully-fledged office.
“The endorsement of the Presidential Council for Digital Economy and e-Government, the Nigeria Startup Bill (NSB) and the accessibility of government services online, among others,” he said.
The Minister also revealed that efforts were underway to expand the scope of both restitution and service delivery.
He praised the giant strides made by Slovenia, especially in the field of blockchain technology, and called for partnership with African countries.
“A partnership between Slovenia and African countries will be a win-win situation and this conference is well placed to facilitate such collaborations,” he said.
NAN reports that the conference takes place every year and the theme for this year is: “Africa and Europe: Cooperation on digital transition and new technologies”. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Kadiri Abdulrahman/Julius Toba-Jegede