The Nigerian business sector is full of people who cannot use the Information and Communications Technology, ICT tools, as a result a gulf exists between their competence and their counterparts in other parts of the world.
This is a direct fall out of absence of ICT in the country’s education curriculum, says the minister of Communications Technology, Adebayo Shittu.
As a result, he said government was considering integration of Information Communication Technology, ICT into education curriculum.
Shittu, who disclosed this at the inauguration of boards of NIPOST, NIGCOMSAT and NITDA under the ministry in Abuja also said that federal government has concluded plans to establish IT Security Unit in all ministries to realize the e-Government plan.
According to him, the integration became necessary as a way to bridge the gap in the sector due to inadequate usage of ICT by individuals and Businesses in the country.
‘‘Considering the large youth population in the country, we will work with the Ministry of Education to integrate ICT effectively into education curricular through the use of ICT to facilitate education using smart devices, e-Content as well as increase the uptake of ICT as a subject. We will support educational institutions with funding and facilitate training to faculty and to students. A detailed skills gap assessment will be done to devise strategies to cater for the market.’’
‘‘While better infrastructure and high competition in the telecom sector is acting as catalysts for increased individual usage, government will come up with schemes to increase ICT uptake among businesses, especially Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
‘‘Government itself will act as a leader in ICT uptake through the comprehensive e-Government Masterplan, bringing more services online and mobile,’’ he explained.
He said the Ministry will be actively engaged in IT adoption in the Civil service. In this regard, he said the ICT and e-Government departments in the ministry will play more active role in planning and coordinating computerization within the Civil Service.
According to him, the ICT Department in particular will have a pool of Project Managers and act as the technical consultants to Ministries and Departments where computerization projects are underway.
Also, the minister disclosed that a trustworthy environment where citizens and businesses can conduct electronic transactions in confidence will be established with emphasis on the security aspects of key technical infrastructure supporting e-Government services.
This he said will lead to operation of an IT Security Unit at the Ministry level to provide technical assistance in the implementation of ISO/IEC 17799 security standards in Government.
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