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THE NIGERIAN NATIONAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY, ICT4D Plan

 

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9 Mar 2012 ICT Stakeholder Forum - diverse comments, common purpose 
 
ICT Stakeholder Forum - Stakeholder Comments and Next Steps
9 Jan 2012 - Nigeria's Draft National ICT Information Communication Technology Policy Nigeria has been released by Ministry of Communication Technology The Ministry invites interested stakeholders, individuals and organizations to view and submit their suggestions and comments.
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Draft National ICT Information Communication Technology Policy Nigeria released by Ministry of Communication Technology
 
 
18 May 2010 - Nigeria's Information and Communications Technology for Development, ICT4D plan document was launched in Abuja, Nigeria on May 18, 2010 at the eNigeria 2010 summit organized by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)

 

 

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) coordinated the development of the National ICT4D Strategic Action Plan. The Strategic Action Plan provides concrete implementation strategies for a period of 5 years for the key sectors –health, education, infrastructure, human resource development, Agriculture, Legal/Regulations, private sector/industry, media/community, amongst others - as part of an integrated approach to achieving national development within the context of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Seven Point Agenda, the National Economic Empowerment Development Programme (NEEDS) and various socio-economic development programmes and initiatives.

The seven point agenda includes: Power and energy, Food and security, Wealth creation, Transport sector, Land reforms, Security. Education. The broad goals of NEEDS, NEEDSII and the Seven-Point Agenda are poverty reduction, wealth creation and employment generation through the development of an enabling environment for growth.

The following are related developments:
 

INTRODUCTION
The Federal Executive Council approved a national IT policy in March 2001 and the implementation started in April with the establishment of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), charged with the implementation responsibility. The policy recognized the private sector as the driving engine of the IT sector.

It is however overdue for  review due to changes and advances in ICT globally and in Nigeria. In this light, the government setup the Nigerian National ICT For Development (ICT4D) Strategic Action Plan committee to develop a new ICT policy for development as the ICT action plan / roadmap for the nation. Already a lot of time and effort has been invested in developing the policy by the committee. 

 

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) completes ICT4D Plan to Drive Vision 2020

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the body responsible for facilitating ICT growth for development in Nigeria has completed its assignment on the nation's ICT for development (ICT4D) strategy/plan. This was the outcome of the final technical meeting involving the key resource persons working on the document Tuesday, 17th June, 2008 at NITDA's headquarters in Abuja.

http://www.jidaw.com/itnews/nitda_ict4d_plan_completion.html

ICT4D STRATEGIC PLAN FOR ECONOMIC SECTORS OF NIGERIA

ICT4D Strategic Action Plan from NITDA

(Click Here to take part in a survey on Nigeria's ICT policy). 

 

September 2011 Minister of Communication Technology's presentation on the ICT Industry Roadmap (1)

 >> Minister of Communication Technology's presentation on the ICT Industry Roadmap (2)

 

 

Real Independence, ICT and Nigeria

Again, it’s another 1st of October – Nigeria’s Independence Day. But what is Nigeria celebrating - real or flag independence? The talk is about independence, but in Nigeria do we recognize the significance of Information and Communications Technology (ICT)? Or the need to build a strong ICT sector? Is Nigeria really independent if ICT is a bystander? How is ICT helping to facilitate genuine sovereignty?

 

NIGERIA : ICT4D Annual Review 2007 
A synopsis of the ICT4D sector in Nigeria incorporating activities of the Government, Private Sector and Non-Governmental Organizations. 

http://www.jidaw.com/itsolutions/ict4dreview2007.html 

 

Here are highlights of the 2001 IT policy:

NITDA is to enter into strategic alliance, collaboration and joint venture with the private sector for the actualization of the IT vision, which is to make Nigeria an IT capable country as well as using IT as an engine for sustainable development and global competitiveness. It is also to be used for education, job creation, wealth creation, poverty eradication and global competitiveness.
Emphasis is to be laid on development of National Information Infrastructure Backbone (NIIB) as well as the Human Resources Development. In addition, Information Technology Parts are to be developed in Abuja and in each of the six geo-political zones.

VISION STATEMENT
To make Nigeria an IT capable country in Africa and a key player in the Information society by the year 2005, using IT as the engine for sustainable development and global competitiveness.

MISSION STATEMENT
To USE IT for:
Education;
Creation of Wealth;
Poverty Eradication;
Job Creation;
Global Competitiveness.

(Click Here to take part in a survey on Nigeria's ICT policy). 

THE NATIONAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
GENERAL OBJECTIVES

1. To ensure that Information Technology resources are readily available to promote efficient national development.
2. To guarantee that the country benefits maximally, and contributes meaningfully by providing the global solutions to the challenges of the Information Age.
3. To empower Nigerians to participate in software and IT development.
4. To encourage local production and manufacture of IT components in a competitive manner.
5. To establish and develop IT infrastructure and maximize its use nationwide.
6. To promote tourism and Nigerian arts and culture.
7. To enhance planning mechanisms and forecasting for the development of local infrastructure.
8. To enhance the effectiveness of environmental monitoring and control systems.
9. To re-engineer and improve urban and rural development schemes.
10. To empower the youth with IT skills and prepare them for global competitiveness.
11. To integrate IT into the mainstream of education and training.
12. To create IT awareness and ensure universal access in order to promote IT diffusion in all sectors of our national life.
13. To create an enabling environment and facilitate private sector (national and multinational) investment in the IT sector.
14. To stimulate the private sector to become the driving force for IT creativity and enhanced productivity and competitiveness.
15. To encourage government and private sector joint venture collaboration.
16. To develop human capital with emphasis on creating and supporting a knowledge-based society.
17. To create Special incentive Programs (SIPs) to induce investment in the IT sector.
18. To generate additional foreign exchange earnings through expanded indigenous IT products and services.
19. To strengthen National identity and unity.
20. To build a mass pool of IT literate manpower using the NYSC, NDE and other platforms as "train the trainer" Scheme (TTT) for capacity building.
21. To set up Advisory standards for education, working practices and industry.
22. To establish appropriate institutional framework to achieve the goals stated above.

Nigerian IT Policy

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National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)
Plot 695, Port Harcourt Crescent, Off Gimbiya Street
Area 11, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria
Tel: 234-9-3142924-6

Website: http://www.nitda.gov.ng

 

ICT4D PLAN

 

In the absence of well thought through policies, the prevailing situation widens the global digital divide between developed and developing countries. Countries with better access to ICT and who apply ICT in a widespread, inclusive manner are able to seize the advantages of globalization. On the other hand those with inadequate ICT resources end up being the victims of globalization. The truth is that though ICTs provide efficiency gains, increased productivity and the opening up of new opportunities, national, overall gains are not automatic.


Without coordination and consistency in ICT and related activities, ICT may not make the required national impact. No country can survive without investing in ICT but strategic thinking and intervention are required. Otherwise how does Nigeria achieve its goals of social inclusion, rapid growth, wealth creation and overall prosperity? What are the roles of the public, private and social sectors? Inclusive multistakeholder strategies and policies are a necessity to ensure countries benefit from ICTs phenomenal potential.

 


The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) coordinated the development of the National ICT4D Strategic Action Plan. The Strategic Action Plan provides concrete implementation strategies for a period of 5 years for the key sectors –health, education, infrastructure, human resource development, Agriculture, Legal/Regulations, private sector/industry, media/community, amongst others - as part of an integrated approach to achieving national development within the context of the Federal Government of Nigeria's Seven Point Agenda, the National Economic Empowerment Development Programme (NEEDS) and various socio-economic development programmes and initiatives.

 

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