Buhari seeks framework to harmonise digitisation, e-government initiatives


President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Presidential Council on Digital Economy and e-Government to develop a framework for harmonisation of digitisation and e-government initiatives at federal and state levels.

Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the council in Abuja, the President noted that there have been pockets of digital initiatives going on at state levels, independent of the Federal Government.

Buhari, who was represented by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, said the framework would be developed to enable sub-national entities to play their roles while Federal Government provides necessary intervention.

He said: “Many states have good initiatives on the digital economy. However, there is a lack of harmonisation in their activities. The secretariat has been directed to come up with frameworks for the digital economy, which can be implemented in our states.

“Many important things have been discussed and we have agreed on all of them. And it is because of this that we plan to have another meeting as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, Imo State governor, Hope Uzodimma, and his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, have declared support for the implementation of the National Digital Economy and Policy Strategy (NDEPS) for inclusive national digitisation and e-government plans.

Uzodimma stressed the need for a well-thought-out policy to ensure the country has a robust digital economy that would create jobs.

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