By the time the draft national Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy is put into use, the Ministry of Communications Technology (CommTech) has promised to annually publish progress report on implementation developments.
This is coming as the Federal Government is working on the national plan to resolve the lingering challenges on right of ways for the operators in the sector.
These insights were contained in the draft national ICT policy, a copy of which was made available to ITRealms Online by the Special Adviser on Media to the CommTech Minister, Mrs. Efem Nkanga.
Accordingly to the draft policy, specifically on Section 8, which deals on policy implementation and review, the CommTech Ministry stated that successful implementation of any national policy programme must incorporate monitoring and review.
To this, the Ministry assured that the national ICT policy would as matter of fact, be used to develop Action Plans for the ICT sector.
Additionally, it would serve as a guide for developing some sub-sectoral policies and specific implementation guidelines as appropriate, stressing that the Ministry would ensure the publication of progress reports annually.
“An effective monitoring and review process shall be put in place and annual reports on ICT development in Nigeria will be prepared and published by the Ministry,” part of the draft policy read.
Equally, the policy objectives for the management of government owned and government influenced assets tagged “Scarce Natural Resources,” is to ensure effective planning, allocation, licensing, assignment and monitoring of spectrum; to ensure judicious allocation of numbers; to devise a national plan for allocation of right of way for all tiers of government; and to devise a national plan for effective coordination of Nigerian’s orbital space.
The finalization of the national ICT policy, it was noted would bring to an end the result of the harmonization of various existing ICT related policies, laws and committee reports.
The draft harmonized policy, the ministry said has taken into account the background, history and problems facing the ICT industry in Nigeria, adding that there was further extensive consultation even during the harmonization process.
“To the extent that is possible, the interest, views and opinions of every relevant organization were sought and taken into account. The National ICT Policy is, therefore, all inclusive,” part of the draft policy.
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