The Federal Government of Nigeria has unwrapped the “Switchto.gov.ng” programme to promote the Nigerian Internet domain name and create a unified messaging platform for the Federal Civil Service.
The programme is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology to encourage the use of Nigeria’s official Internet domain name, the .ng ccTLD for government business.
Dr. Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology while presenting the ” Switch to .gov.ng” initiative to Mr Danladi Kifasi, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, in Abuja noted that the initiative is a simple but very important tool to kick off the official electronic communication platform in the Federal Civil Service of the Federation.
The Minister encouraged civil servants to make effective use of the unified email and messaging and collaboration platform of the Federal Government noting that the platform improves the speed and efficiency of official communications and easy sharing.
It will also provide storage and access to official documents anytime, anywhere and on any computer or mobile device. It will also aid the sending of confidential (encrypted) email, scheduling of online meetings meeting, assigning and tracking of staff and colleagues on official tasks and assignments, sending circulars service-wide at the touch of a button, among others.
The CommTech minister who described the event as a major milestone says ‘’as we adopt this unified email platform, we have, as a body of individuals that comprise the federal civil service re-committed towards working towards the common purpose of improved internal productivity and quality service delivery to all citizens. Today is also significant in that there have been several unsuccessful attempts to do this by this and other administrations and I strongly believe that we have finally got it right. And this success is due to a number of factors which include: the leadership and commitment demonstrated by both the immediate past HCSF and the current HCSF, the involvement of the Council of ICT Heads as early adopters and co-implementers and the partnership and collaboration between the MCT, OHCSF and Galaxy Backbone”
According to the CommTech Ministry, 42,000 email accounts have been created for all officers on GL 10 to 17 in the Federal Civil Service. As the infrastructure and the capacity of the platform is expanded, email accounts for federal civil servants on GL09 and below will be created.
The platform can be accessed through the www.fedcs.gov.ng, a simple easy to navigate portal to enable users activate their email accounts. The portal will also eventually serve as the central information portal or Intranet for Government, offering authorized and secure access to online services documents and resources. A standard naming convention has been adopted in the creation of email accounts for all civil servants firstname.lastname@example.org). It is available on mobile devices such as BB, Android and Windows phones and tablets.