Information Technology (IT) stakeholders on Wednesday said that deploying emerging technologies in e-governance would promote digital growth and ensure that corruption was eliminated in the public service.
A Communiqué at the just concluded eNigeria Conference and Exhibition organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said this in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the conference was “Promoting Digital Economy in an Era of Disruptive Technologies through Effective Regulations”.
Some of the emerging technologies are Blockchain, a growing list of records called blocks which are linked using cryptography, Artificial Intelligence (intelligence demonstrated by machines in contrast to natural intelligence) and other technologies.
The IT stakeholders said that Nigeria was due to transfer from resource-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, adding that knowledge-based economy is sustainable.
“NITDA, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, is enjoined to promote the development of a National Block chain Technology Strategy, drafting relevant laws and regulations including regulations on the use of Block chain Technology (BT) applications.
“More start-ups for the development of appropriate BT applications should be encouraged.”
They also said that the public procurement processes of IT projects should be automated to effectively curb corruption and the government should provide adequate funding for the deployment of disruptive technologies.
According to them, NITDA needs to work in collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to mandate all existing political parties in Nigeria to automate their membership registration process for effective elections.
“NITDA should ignite Nigeria’s Application Programme Interface (API) economy by building a National Mobile Big Data Analytics Platform to enable business ecosystems create solutions for government organisations.
“The Federal Government should facilitate the establishment of Technology Banks focused on providing flexible credit financial services to empower Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) to attain United Nations’ (UN) requirements for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“There is an urgent need to establish a standard digital directory for all SMEs products and services in English and basic local languages using graphic symbols where need be.
“Efforts should be made to facilitate capacity development in the adoption of emerging technologies, such as Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in the Nigerian educational value-chain.
“This should be done through the provision of indigenous educational toolkits to support learning, teaching, research and administration,” they said.
The stakeholders recommended that government should speed up the deployment of affordable quality broadband networks to strengthen the competitiveness, growth of SMEs and accelerate the development of a Trust System for digital authentication and identification.
According to them, NITDA and other relevant agencies should ensure that all custodians of data should focus on protection and privacy.
The IT stakeholders further said that adequate training, inclusion of digital technology in school’s curriculum should be encouraged for service delivery with the legislative backing for digital growth solutions, among other recommendations.
The theme of the Conference was “Promoting a Digital Economy in an Era of Disruptive Technologies through Effective Regulations’’, and is Nigeria’s flagship International Conference, Exhibition and Awards that brings IT stakeholders together.
eNigeria gathers stakeholders to deliberate on emerging technologies, local innovations and relevant Information and Communication Technology (ICT) issues for the socio-economic development of the nation.
The objectives of the 2019 edition were in response to digital opportunities and challenges created by increasing influence of emerging technologies on commerce and society.
The conference also focused on the need to accelerate the development of and access to digital products, services to millions of Nigerians, ultimately creating Africa’s largest single digital market by 2020.
A total of 2,983 participants from Nigeria and outside the country attended the conference.