President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja reaffirmed the dedication of his administration to make use of expertise for enhanced public service supply.
Receiving the management of Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPCN) and Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) led by its president, Prof. Charles Uwadia, President Buhari stated ‘‘technology in public service delivery is no longer a luxury, but a pressing necessity.’’
Noting that Information Technology is the driving drive for social and financial change, the President informed the IT professionals that his Government, by means of its actions, has demonstrated its dedication to transform these potentials to actuality.
‘‘The future belongs to IT. What was unimaginable 20 years ago is a reality today. Accordingly, we have introduced numerous policies and have made substantial investments to ensure the benefits of this technology-driven age is felt by 200 million Nigerians.
‘‘Indeed, our strategy for inclusive economic growth can only be achieved by leveraging the technology tools available to us,’’ he stated.
President Buhari used the event of the courtesy go to by representatives of the computing and IT professionals in Nigeria to enumerate some advantages of utilizing technological instruments to implement authorities insurance policies.
‘‘Already, we have seen the benefits of using technological tools for lending to farmers as well as monitoring crop performance especially in some of the more remote locations.
‘‘We also leveraged technology to fight corruption and reduce leakages and inefficiencies in public service delivery. You are all aware of the significant investments we made to upgrade our policy and military platforms as we battle pockets of insecurity in parts of the country.
‘‘Furthermore, our social investment programs are built on technological platforms that allow us to positively impact the lives of some of poorest members of our society,’’ he stated.
The President, subsequently, requested the pc physique to proceed to associate with Government in any respect ranges to make sure the advantages of this device are realised and on the identical time its threats are eradicated.
In his remarks, Prof. Uwadia recommended the President for demonstrating the political will to speed up nationwide IT improvement along with his bodily presence on the e-Nigeria convention and awards, on 4 consecutive events, through the years.
On behalf of IT professionals within the nation, Uwadia expressed gratitude to President Buhari for appointing two seasoned professionals, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami and Kashifu Abdullahi as Minister of Communications and Digital Economy and Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), respectively.
‘‘Your Excellency, we the IT professionals, commend you for the immense and giant strides that your administration has made and is still making in nation-building. Within the space of the past four years, you have achieved a lot, using the instrumentality of ICT,’’ he stated.
The president of CPCN listed some excellent achievements of the present administration within the sector to incorporate: issuance of Executive Order (EO1) on the promotion of Transparency and Efficiency within the Business Environment, Executive Order (EO3) on Support for Local Content in Public Procurement by the Federal Government and Executive Order (EO5) on Planning and Execution of Projects, Promotion of Local Content in Contracts and Science, Engineering and Technology.
Others are unveiling of the National Digital Economy Policy on the 2019 e-Nigeria convention, exhibition and awards; implementation and enforcement of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information (IPPIS) which saved the Federal Government of Nigeria billions of naira by eliminating hundreds of ghost staff.
Further, the Buhari administration was recommended for the efficient implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and growing authorities income by over N3 trillion in addition to entrenching transparency and accountability, amongst others.