Lagos Hosts e-Government Summit Next Week

TECH DIGEST – The Nigeria e-Government summit is scheduled to hold in Lagos on November 17.

Discussions and paper presentations at the summit will address the effect of COVID-19 on the Nigerian economy and help retool the economy for accelerated deployment, designed to boost government’s online presence.

The Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Muhammad Nami would be joined by some members of the management team including Dr. Zainab Gobir, who is expected to deliver the keynote address.

Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta and the President, Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Mr. Olusola Teniola, are among other notable Nigerians, who will be discussing new e-Government strategies and policies at the Nigeria eGovernment Summit.

Other keynote speakers include: Chairman, Governor’s Forum and the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Board member MTN and former Minister of Communications, Dr. Omobola Johnson; Managing Director, GMT Energy and Chairman NAHCO, Dr. Sehinde Oladapo;

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is the chief host.

The annual Nigeria eGovernment Summit, scheduled to hold at Sheraton Hotels and Tower, Ikeja, has the theme: COVID-19: Impetus for Accelerated Adoption of eGovernment.

Different panel sessions have been lined up with sub-themes like: The Roles of Government Agencies in Advancing the National eGovernment Plan; The State of eGovernment and Critical Success Factors in Specified Countries; Positioning Telecoms Infrastructure for eGovernment Deployment; Partnering Government for Development of Sustainable eGovernment Services; Datacentre and Co-location Infrastructure as Enabler of eGovernment Deployment, among others.

The Executive Chairman, DigiServe Network Services, and convener of the summit, Mr. Lanre Ajayi​​​​​​​, said: “We are assembling world-class technology experts and solution providers to share their experiences and showcase latest innovations applicable to eGovernment service deployment.

We are also inviting top government officials not only to learn from experts but also to share their own experience and showcase the state of eGovernment services deployment in their respective governance domains.”

Ajayi noted that technologies have served Nigerians very well in the trying period of the pandemic in many more areas including governance, such that governments now hold cabinet meetings online and taxes are now be paid online.

He however expressed worries over the slow rate of adoption of technologies in governance.