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Nigeria, France, five other countries to showcase eGovernment experiences at upcoming summit

Telecom Industry

Nigeria, France, South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Malaysia and Ethiopia will showcase their electronic Government experience at the upcoming Nigeria eGovernment Summit.

The summit is geared towards accelerating online presence of the Nigerian Government at all levels.

Given the global shift from physical interactions to online interactions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers of the annual Nigeria eGovernment Summit say they would focus more on policies, strategies, solutions and technologies that would be required to achieve accelerated eGovernment deployment at the federal, state and local governments’ levels, and to make government’s online presence felt by all Nigerians.

The annual Nigeria eGovernment summit, scheduled to hold on the 17th of November 2020 in Lagos is themed; COVID-19: Impetus for Accelerated Adoption of eGovernment.

Lanre Ajayi, the executive chairman, DigiServe Network Services, and convener of the summit, said: “We are gathering 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 said that the ongoing pandemic had profoundly brought to the fore the significant roles technologies can play in our lives. Without much advocacy, citizens migrated a number of their daily activities online. Commerce moved online with many people now buying and selling on the internet, students now obtain lessons online, even patients are consulting with doctors online.

“Technologies have served Nigerians very well in the trying period of the pandemic in many more areas including governance. Governments now hold cabinet meetings online and taxes can now be paid online,” he said.

He however expressed his dissatisfaction over the rate of adoption of technologies in governance, which he said, still remains very low.

“Citizens still have to visit government offices to obtain most services and service delivery has been less than satisfactory. The need for government to accelerate the deployment of eGovernment services, has become more pronounced and there cannot be a better time than now, when awareness about eServices by citizens is at its peak,” Ajayi said.

A special addition to this year’s event is the invitation of experts from countries where eGovernment has been adjudged to be successful to give country case studies. “We are confident that the Nigeria eGovernment Summit 2020 will add huge value to participants, sponsors, speaker and exhibitors,” Ajayi further said.

DigiServe Network Services Limited, in partnership with Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), Association of Telecoms companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), has invited key participants and experts to discuss the economic benefits of eGovernment and the need to government at all levels to increase their online presence.