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Government appeals to ICT firms on local content

04 December 2013, 16:06

Abuja - Vice President, Namadi Sambo, urged top information and communication technology companies to complement government efforts to eradicate poverty and enhance economic growth through use of ICTs.

The appeal, made eNigeria International Conference held at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, was directed to such international companies as Microsoft, Intel, HP, Oracle and Google.

Sambo urged them to work together with government decision makers to support government’s vision and shared conviction in leveraging local content to eradicate poverty and place the country on a path of sustainable economic development.

He said eNigeria would provide an opportunity to improve and increase the Nigerian content in ICT in the quest to transform the country.

“The fundamental objective of Nigerian content in ICT is to translate to empowerment of indigenous entrepreneurs and spur corporate investment, advance the development of human capital, provide sustainable employment and deliver goods and services for nation building and global competitiveness,” Sambo said.

He said since the inception of the eNigeria initiative ten years ago, considerable awareness had been created resulting in massive ICT deployment in the functioning of government organisations, education sector as well as the private sector.

“Consequently, ICT now drives virtually all activities in the Banking and oil and gas sectors. The Automated System for Custom Data (ASYCUDA), e-passport of Immigrations, Health Insurance scheme, National identity scheme and many others have all migrated online.”

The eNigeria International Conference was held under the theme, “ICT Development in Nigeria: The Journey So Far.”

– CAJ News


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