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FG Orders States To Create Ministry Of Digital Economy

All 36 states of the federation’s would be required by to create a ministry of digital economy.

This was revealed by Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, in his remarks to the media on Tuesday in Abuja following the first meeting of the Presidential Council on Digital Economy and E-government (PCDEE).

According to Pantami, the National Digital Economy Plan (NDEP) must be smoothly executed, hence the Federal Government’s instruction to states to create a Ministry of Digital Economy.

“The Council proposed establishing a Ministry of Digital Economy in all states where the activities at the national level can be cascaded and implemented by our various states.

“With the accommodation of our Sub-nationals and Governors, I believe so many good things will come out of the sector,” he added.

The minister said, “The secretariat has been directed to come up with frame work for the digital economy that can be implemented in our states. Many states have good initiatives on digital economy, however there is lack of harmonisation in their activities. So, a framework is going to be developed, so that our Sub-nationals will play their own role and Federal Government will continue to provide intervention where necessary.”

Speaking at the event, Governor Hope Ozodimma, of Imo State and a member of the PCDEE, pledged to establish a ministry of the digital economy as soon as he returned to his state, given the urgency  the task.

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“Part of the assignment given to this secretariat is to develop a frame work that will enable the states align properly with the mandate of the Digital Economy Policy and all the states are very enthusiastic in making sure that the various economic potentials accurable to digital development and e governance come to fruitation,” he disclosed.

He claimed that the governors are in agreement with the order to create a ministry of digital economy in their states.

“As Governors, we have no objections, it is a very good idea. “Arising from this meeting, I was about to create an ICT Agency to manage our digital economy but am going to now create a full blown Ministry for Digital Economy and IT Management in the state as soon as I get back.

“That is to tell you the kind of attention we are going to give to this particular subject in making sure that the Federal Government’s well thought- out policy plan in making sure we have a reburst Digital Economy to create jobs and employment for our young men and women that are currently roaming the streets is realised collectively,” he added.

Similarly, Governor Godwin Obaseki, of Edo state, who is also a member of the Council, expressed his delight that a body has been established to guide the states in carrying out the federal digital policy.

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According to him, “Am glad that we finally have a Council in this country that will set a direction on the digital economy as you know the world is about digitalisation and technology.”

“For us in the states particularly in Edo state we have already initiated lots of initiatives and actions for as you know for instance Edo Best of our educational platform runs on technology where all our 15000 teachers have hand held devices.

“We are implementing technology in our primary health care centres , we have technology hubs but we are doing it on our own. It is not connected or aligned with what is happening at the national so the Council essentially helps align the different initiative from different state across the country so that we can reduce the waste that comes with the non alignment and also gain momentum and speed in terms of implementing our digital strategy as a country.”

Minister of Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, stated that the government and other organisations are working together to support small-and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

Source: Sun

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