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Ministry of Science seeks partnership with Communications Ministry in developing ICT


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The Federal Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology (FMIST) has expressed its readiness to go into partnership and collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy (FMoCDE).

FMIST said this on its official X (formerly Twitter) handle on Friday while also praising the recently-appointed Minister of Communications, Dr. Bosun Tijani.

“@FmstNg is proud about the laudable steps the Hon. Minister of @FMoCDENigeria, HE. @bosuntijani is taking,” the post read.

“We are looking forward, through the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) department of the Ministry, in partnering and collaborating with your Ministry,” it stated.

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Meanwhile, Tijani has said that the plan to deliver more robust digitalised government services was enriched by Thursday’s engagement with the EGovFoundation, a not-for-profit organisation leveraging the transformative power of technology to enhance Citizen Service Delivery.

He added that his ministry will be signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with them to leverage their experience helping the Indian government build scalable digital services.

“I also look forward to hosting them at a workshop in Abuja on designing Digital Public Infrastructure for government services,” the Minister of Communications said.

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The expectation is that the Minister will maintain the upward trajectory of ICT’s contributions to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

His focus should be on leveraging ICT to transform Nigeria into a full digital economy.

Nigeria’s ICT sector contributed a significant 17.47% to Nigeria’s GDP (Real Gross Domestic Product) in the first quarter of 2023.

This is according to the latest statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

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