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Microsoft Urges FG to Implement NITDA’s e-Government Interoperability Framework



….Tasks Govt on increasing Public Institutions’ Digital, Cloud Capabilities

Microsoft has urged the government to implement the NITDA’s e-Government Interoperability Framework across the public sector and adapt the national education curriculum and delivery methods to align with the fourth industrial revolution.

Also, as a way to drive industry growth and boost the country’s economy, Microsoft advised the government on increasing the digital and cloud capabilities of the public institutions.

In a whitepaper on digital transformation as a means for social and economic development in Nigeria, the company stressed the need to sustain the traction of a cloud-first policy and other digital transformation initiatives.

Microsoft has highlighted policy gaps needed to be addressed for Nigeria to reap the long-term benefits of technologies such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

The global technology company, in a whitepaper on digital transformation as a means for social and economic development in Nigeria, said responsible deployment of these technologies could drive the growth of industries and boost the country’s economy.

According to the company, the government should amplify communications of its commitment and support for the ICT policies within an enabling environment.

It also recommended the building of digital and the AI capacity through the creation of the AI knowledge centres across the country as well as the enhancement of scientific research on the adoption.

“Government must optimise its data ecosystem through the development of multi-domain open data repositories that will enhance citizen interaction and amplify the country’s emergency response infrastructure,” it said.

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It advocated the passage of data protection laws unique to the Nigerian context and which aligned with cutting-edge technologies, technology neutral and balances innovation with protection.

While commenting on the paper, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, said, the government recognised the need to focus on digitalisation of the economy as a way to foster inclusivity, growth and skills development for job creation.

According to him, doing this will enable the government, citizens and businesses to achieve more.

“We are working with Microsoft to leverage their technological expertise to enable the transformation that will allow our country to take part in the $11.5tn global digital economy.

“The country has historically been dependent on its oil resources and the revenue received from it as a means for development and growth, making it highly susceptible to the volatility of oil prices. There is massive potential for growth through the digital economy for Nigeria,” Patanmi added.


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