Ministry of Communication Technology to hold forum on draft ICT Policy in Lagos, Nigeria
The Ministry of Communication Technology has announced that it will be holding a Stakeholders forum on the draft ICT policy on Friday, March 9, at the Lagos City Hall. Time is 9 a.m. prompt. The Draft ICT Policy was released by the Ministry for comments and suggestions from stakeholders and the general public on January 9 this year.
Since the draft policy was released suggestions, comments and inputs have been received from industry groups such as the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), companies in the ICT industry and other ICT industry stakeholders both in Nigeria and abroad. The forum will provide opportunities for the Ministry to engage a wide range of stakeholders for robust discussions on the suggestions and comments received by the Ministry on the policy.
Apart from NCS, industry groups and civil society groups such as Development Information Network (DEVNET), the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN), Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) and National Association of Telecommunication Subscribers (NATCOMS) are all expected to engage in the forum on comments and suggestions on the policy sent to the Ministry.
The committee was set up by the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson to harmonize all the existing policies for the different sectors in the ICT industry (Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Information Technology and Postal Services)., reflecting new realities where necessary in order to provide a working document and a take off point that could elicit robust debate and discussion by stakeholders.
Stakeholders and members of the public who have reviewed the Policy document will deliberate extensively on the Policy and inputs, comments, suggestions and recommendations made on the Policy will be discussed and a consensus arrived at before the suggestions are reflected in the Final Policy document that will be submitted to the Federal Executive Council for final approval.
Once a road map is agreed, a country ICT masterplan can be developed including an implementation plan with detailed activities, timelines, milestones and funding requirements and options to engender the development of a knowledge based economy for Nigeria.
It is hoped that an agreed National ICT Roadmap will lead to the the deployment of ICT for inclusive, pro-people development and overall prosperity. ICT NEEDS TO DELIVER ON ITS PROMISE!