The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Senator Omotayo Alasoadura, has called for leveraging of Information Communications and Technology (ICT) as a tool to enhance productivity and improve public service delivery.
Alasoadura made this call at the opening of the Nigeria Public Sector Productivity and Innovation Summit, organised by the National Productivity Centre in Abuja on Tuesday.
He noted that with ICT, there would be an efficient and effective public service delivery, which would be proactive in developing, exploring, adopting and deploying emerging technologies that meet today’s needs.
He noted that the productivity and the efficiency needs of the public sector cannot be over-emphasised, saying it was a thing of pride that the Federal Government was at the front burner for facilitating innovation for change.
“Powerful software, applications, digital tools and smart connections are now complementing what we used to have to bring greater output to the lap of users.
“While most of these developments are focused on the private sector, the public sectors should not be left behind.
“You can imagine how it will look like to regulate banks and other businesses with technology-oriented business models, if the government is lacking in technology that can deliver monitoring, regulatory and oversight responsibilities.
“It is therefore imperative for the public sector to be proactive in developing, exploring, adopting and deploying emerging technologies that meet today’s needs and anticipates the future,’’ the minister said.
While commending efforts of the Federal Ministry of Communications, and some of its parastatal agencies, he noted that with the provisions of E-Government policy in Nigeria, digital literacy would be attained.
Alasoadura expressed hope that the summit would deepen the analysis of key issues around e-government and provide more concrete policy recommendations and roadmap for actionable strategies for good governance in the country.
Earlier, the Director General, National Productivity Centre, Dr Kashim Akor, said the centre was charged with the mandate to accelerate socio-economic growth and development through productivity improvement in all sectors of the economy.
According to him, this is done by stimulating productivity consciousness, monitoring productivity trends, and research into productivity problems.
This, he added was done through building the capacities and skills of personnel, processes and systems of organisations to enhance productivity.
Akor said through several initiatives, programmes and interventions, the centre seeks to help players in the private and public sectors to achieve more that will led to sustainable output and growth.
The D-G said the centre had keyed into the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration, with an overall goal of driving efficiency and transparency in all ministries, departments and agencies.
“It is therefore fitting and right at this time that this summit would leverage on e-government as a vehicle for increasing productivity and improving public service delivery,’’ he said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the summit is premeditated on the need to leverage Science, Technology and Innovation to build a knowledge-based economy and to improve efficiency of service delivery in the Nigerian public service.