Marketing Communications knowledgeable, Jenkins Alumona, has said that the deployment of e-governance and different Information and Communication Technology (ICT) instruments in might be solely be purposeful when strange Nigerians can profit from such. Alumona, Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Outcomes Limited Group, mentioned this on the inaugural version of The Nigeria e-Government Conference in Lagos on Thursday.
Speaking on a sub-theme of the convention, “Government Service Delivery in the Information Age: Citizens’ Expectations”, Alumona defined that the non-availability of vital infrastructure reminiscent of electrical energy drastically hinders majority of Nigerians from collaborating within the e-governance course of and limits the progress of the initiative.
He said that every one points which restrict residents’ participation within the course of have to be resolved earlier than the objective of an efficient government-to-citizen e-governance system within the nation will be attained.
“Whichever area you want to focus on, whether it is e-governance or efficiency, we must never forget that if there is no direct benefit to the people, then it’s a complete waste of time. I don’t know how many people here know of a growing industry called ‘phone charging’. If you don’t focus on the big ‘E’, which is electricity, how do you get to e-governance, how do people get to benefit? We’ve heard submissions here on broadband, how it is expanding but I wonder: Can you access broadband using torchlight or firewood? So, if you don’t have access to electricity, how do you benefit from e-governance?” he requested.
Alumona, a former journalist, additionally referred to as on Nigerians to carry the federal government accountable in guaranteeing that the related infrastructure and companies are supplied for his or her well-being.
“The previous speaker talked about some part of our constitution that tells us that we really cannot do anything to the people we put in power. That’s a wrong thing. We need to hold them (government) responsible even as we talk about the benefits of e-governance,” he mentioned.
The convention had in attendance representatives of the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Babatunde Fowler; the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta; and Postmaster-General of the Federation/Chief Executive Officer of NIPOST, Bisi Adegbuyi.
Also current had been distinguished practitioners within the ICT trade and stakeholders from different endeavours.