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Exclusive: NIRA Exec may be named eGovernment Director in CommTech Ministry




Tope Fashedemi, Executive Director, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)
Tope Fashedemi, Executive Director, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

Lagos June 10, 2013: Tope Fashedemi, an Executive Director at Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) may be named as Director of e-Government in the Ministry of Communication Technology, Technology Times has learnt.

A key private sector ICT professional, Fashedemi has over a decade of active private sector experience spanning Hyperia, one of the pioneer players in the deregulated telecoms sector and several other technology companies in Nigeria.

The CommTech Ministry is the key driver of the current administration’s eGovernment initiatives that involve the identification of key business processes in government Ministries Departments and Agencies as it involves service delivery to the general public.

Under the eGovernment initiative, the Ministry hopes to automate these processes and for possible online delivery through the one-stop government portal to enhance the level of productivity as well as efficiency in government processes.

Technology Times learnt from a credible government source that Fashedemi may soon be named as Director of eGovernment in the Ministry by Omobola Johnson, the CommTech Minister.

He is currently on the Executive Board of NIRA, the multistakeholder organisation that manages Nigeria’s Internet domain name, the DotNG and has held key private sector positions in the ICT sector.

He was also at different time the Director, Business Development at Netcom Africa Limited; Executive Director at Stepwise Technologies Limited; Business Solution & Product Manager at MWEB; Consultant at Smile Communications, among others.

Under its ambitious eGovernment drive, the CommTech Ministry says that five MDAs have been selected for a pilot run including Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment.

The CommTech Ministry says it has created four key areas of initiatives to drive the eGovernment under the current dispensation.

One of them is Connected Government involving, “an ongoing effort to deploy more comprehensive and integrated use of information and communications technology (ICT) in government to provide better response to citizens’ demands, improve service delivery and make administration more efficient.”

Another key area is Informed Citizenry that, “includes the use of Web and New Media to improve citizen engagement and drive efficiency in government. Two flagship projects of the Ministry in this regard is the Government Services Portal and Government Contact Centre which will be launched in Q1 2013.”

The Ministry hopes this key area will improve citizens’ access to information and services; increase efficiency in service and information delivery to citizens and other stakeholders; create 1,250 jobs through outsourcing; stimulate the call centre outsourcing in the country as well as drive Online Service Delivery

CommTech Ministry adds that its Open Government/ Open Data Initiative will “increase non-sensitive government datasets online in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.”

The Ministry says it is working with the World Bank through Korean Trust Fund to develop the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Country Plan and Technology Roadmap for OGP.

It is believed that by joining the OGP and embracing the Open Data in Government, it will create over 10,000 microwork and three times indirect jobs; position Nigeria in the forefront of good governance and dynamic civic engagements and create job opportunities for software developers, according to the CommTech Ministry.

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