In a previous article, we highlighted the need for more proactive actions in terms of evolving policy, legal and regulatory framework for Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Nigeria. Well, stakeholders in the country are advocating a new approach towards facilitating rapid development in this area. What it entails? Let’s discuss.
We have been inundated with the policy thrust of government in various sectors of the economy in terms of meeting the millennium development goals (vision 20:2020). One of such efforts aimed at boosting the ICT sector is the National ICT Policy 2012.

This draft policy – a brain child of the Ministerial Committee on ICT Policy Harmonization setup by the Presidency- is stated to be in line with the road map towards Vision 20:2020. We couldn’t agree more especially in view of the fact that the road map targets the application and promotion of ICT in areas such as agriculture, health, Education, manufacturing and service sectors, governance, entertainments, media and a host of others.

We see a trend here. Currently, the various areas highlighted above and even beyond that are being piloted under some legal regime or another. For instance, in the media sector there is the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Act 1992 (as amended); For telecommunications, the Nigerian Communications Act 2003; the more recent National Information and Technology Development Act 2007 and so on. You will immediately notice that there is the need for convergence of all these areas into an all-embracing framework for better administration. You can immediately see that this approach is somewhat similar to one of the goals of the National Identity Management Commission as we discussed some weeks back; to wit: creating a central and more reliable administrative and regulatory framework for rapid development in key sectors of the economy. Nigeria is not alone on this mission. A similar policy thrust is currently ongoing in Kenya through the National ICT Master Plan 2017 which is expected to impact more than 50% on the Vision 2030 goals of the country by 2017. 
As we strive towards a knowledge driven economy amongst other things, it is believed that a unified ICT framework will enhance service delivery and information flow. However, this would require input from all interested persons in the country. Let’s make our mark!
See you next week.

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