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Nigeria gets Korea’s N2.4b for e-govt capacity building

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The Republic of Korea has spent N2.4 billion ($4.5million) on capacity building for e-government in the country.

The money, which is to be spent between 2013 and 2018, is expected to help develop the country’s e-government master plan, training centre and capacity development

The project is being implemented by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

Already, 71 persons have participated in four previous exercises while seven people are undergoing a masters degree programme on e-government at KOOKMIN University,

Minister of Communications Technology, Adebayo Shittu, said e-government is important to strengthen transparency and accountability in government.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of the second in-country capacity development programme with Project for capacity building of e-government in Nigeria as its
theme, Adebayo noted that since the world and the people have gone digital, it has become imperative for governance to also go digital.

He said for governance to connect with the people, its services must also be digital, adding that governance in the 21st century cannot be analogue.

He said: “The ministry sees the overall purpose and rationale of the Nigeria e-government project as imperative to strengthen transparency and accountability in
government and, therewith, upscale efficiency and excellence in public service and public service administration.


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