Nigeria, S/Korea sign $13m MoU on e-governance initiative

By Peter Usman://

The Federal Government of Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with the South-Korean Government for a 13 million dollars e-governance initiative.

This is in order to fulfil Nigeria’s e-Governance Masterplan to fully digitise its processes, particularly in the civil service and other government institutions by 2026.

Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isah Pantami disclosed on Thursday, that the initiative was being implemented by the Korea International Cooperation Agency, KOICA.

Tagged: “Project for building foundations toward digital governance in Nigeria” the 13 million dollars initiative, is to run from 2020 to 2021.

Pantami commended the Korean government for its numerous supports to advance Nigeria’s e-governance, noting that the first phase of the project, which lapsed in 2019, was very successful as it established an e-governance training centre.

He said that since the completion of the centre, over 1,000 government officials had been trained there with KOICA also sponsoring Nigerians to study digital governance in Korea.

“Over 1000 civil servants have benefitted from the training and many of them are on advanced training on e-governance.

“On behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, we are most appreciative and thankful to the Republic of Korea for the donation of the e-governance training centre.

“We are also thankful to Korea republic for sponsoring some of our citizens, particularly, civil servants, to attend training in the republic.

“We appreciate what you plan to spend on e-governance by signing this agreement today. I hope that at the end of the second phase, we will be able to achieve full digitisation of our activities and processes, particularly in our civil service and Federal Government institutions,” the minister said.

Pantami asserted that signing of the MoU, further buttressed that government of the Republic of Korea, remained the number one country in supporting Nigeria on e-governance.

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