Stakeholders have been invited to a one day Stakeholders Forum to review the draft Information Communications and Technology (ICT) policy for the State of Osun. Organized by the State of Osun Government in Collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Date: 2 May 2013; Venue: Governors Office, Abere, Osogbo, State of Osun; Time:9.30am
The Need for an ICT Policy Framework
United Nations General Assembly Resolution 56/183 (21 December 2001) endorsed the holding of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in two phases. The first phase took place in Geneva, from 10 to 12 December 2003, and the second phase took place in Tunis, from 16 to 18 November 2005. The Outcomes of these meetings have become the guiding documents for the development of the ICT sector globally. Article 90(b) of the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society states :
“Developing and implementing enabling policies that reflect National realities and that promote a supportive international environment, foreign direct investment as well as the mobilization of domestic resources, in order to promote and foster entrepreneurship, particularly Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) taking into account the relevant market and cultural contexts. These policies should be reflected in a transparent, equitable regulatory framework to create competitive environment to support the goals and strengthen economic growth.”
The Role of NITDA
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) by virtue of the NITDA Act (2001, 2007) is empowered to develop a National framework for the development of ICT in Nigeria through regulation, monitoring and evaluation of the ICT Sector in Nigeria.
That NITDA in implementing this vision seeks to assists States of the Federation to develop their own ICT Policies.
That the State Government recognizes ICT as Key to Drive State of Osun’s Accelerated and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development over the next four years.
The State of Osun ICT Policy and Strategic Plan be developed within the context of the National ICT Policy, NITDA Act ; Vision 20-2020 and Transformation Agenda, WSIS Tunis Agenda etc focused on:
- Tackling and addressing factors and challenges involved in ensuring that social and economic growth is rapid, sustainable, widespread and inclusive for the benefit of the State, Nigeria and its people.
- Ensuring State of Osun becomes an information and knowledge society that enables its citizens to fully participate in the information age.
- Addressing how the state can exploit and tap into the benefits of the information revolution to facilitate wealth creation, poverty reduction, employment generation, wealth redistribution, sustainable development and global competitiveness through the exploitation, development and deployment of ICTs within the society and economy, etc.
The process which will be driven by Development Advisory Consultants will enable all stakeholders make inputs into the draft policy. Release was sent by Bankole Olubamise, the Lead Consultant.
Date: 2 May 2013
Venue: Governors Office, Abere, Osogbo, Osun State.
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