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Ministry to launch e-governance to facilitate broadband provision

by Abbey Lily
Ministry to launch e-governance to facilitate broadband provision

Ministry to launch e-governance to facilitate broadband provision

Ministry to launch e-governance to facilitate broadband provision

Ministry to launch e-governance to facilitate broadband provision

Ministry to launch e-governance to facilitate broadband provision

Ministry to launch e-governance to facilitate broadband provision

TO facilitate the primary goal of broadband in the country, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology is set to launch an e-governance strategy in two months, according to the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, at the DSTV Eutelsat Star Awards held in Lagos.
The objective of electronic or e-governance, also known as G2G, is to support and simplify governance for government, citizens and businesses. It is also meant to create the right policy and institutional frameworks, and to maximise the effectiveness of ICT initiatives within government, while also integrating organisational silos and deliver citizen services through common channels.
   Speaking at the event through the Permanent Secretary, Sunny Echono, he said: “In our sphere, we need to take the lead in communication by leveraging on ICT. To achieve this, we will need the support of the civil societies, Multichoice and Nigerians by encouraging the ICT ecosystem to share best practices and sustainable policies. Furthermore, to ensure our primary goal of broadband will be achieved in the shortest time, we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  along with Nigeria Communication Satellite (NigCOMSAT), as we are on the threshold to launch the e-governance in two months.’’
   Addressing the DStv Eutelsat Star Awardees, he noted, “adjudging from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies present at this event, it is evident this sixth edition shows sustained interest from African youths. This adds fresh impetus to the mission shared by MultiChoice and Eutelsat, to encourage young minds to positively change their world via innovative thinking in science and technology.”
   For this edition, the task was: envision the role played by satellite technology in the Africa of the future. From the 1000 entrants across 20 countries, Leoul Mesfin from Ethiopia won with his entry that considered continental and country specific needs and closely aligns to the topic while Davids Bwana from Tanzania became the runner-up.
   In the poster category, the first place went to Emmanuel Ochenjele from Nigeria for his depiction of a constellation of diverse satellites all contributing towards the advancement of solutions to challenges such as global warming, conservation of biodiversity, as well as stable energy supply. Aobakwe Letamo from Botswana was the runner up in this category.
   Commenting on the awards, Europe’s leading female astronaut and Chair of the jury, Claudie Haigneré, said: “taking part in the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards for the first time has been a mind-changing experience, especially as this year’s topic was particularly challenging. The visionary ideas on Africa’s future satellite landscape developed in essays and posters underscore how Africa’s youth expect technology to drive positive change for their continent.”
Haigneré, also the Special Advisor to the Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), further said: “The Jury engaged in intense discussions to award the most realistic and creative proposals that deserve to stand out on the African stage. Our congratulations go to all the finalists for their work and to the winners for their brilliant ideas.”
   The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards encourages 14-19 year-old students to write an essay or design a poster on a satellite-related topic. Country winners from across Africa then competed in the overall awards for a trip to the Eutelsat facilities in Paris, with the essay winner travelling onwards to witness a live rocket launch. Runners-up win a trip to South Africa as guests of MultiChoice Africa, and the South African National Space Agency at Hartebeesthoek.

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