Pantami inaugurates NDEPS committee, urges commitment

BY Oluwaseun Sonde

The Honourable Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has inaugurated the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy Experts’ Review Committee NDEPS while urged them to give it the level of commitment that it deserves.

The inauguration was made at Bolton White Hotel, Abuja on Monday, he said the selection is a reflection of the level of confidence the Ministry have in them to carry out this very important national assignment.

He said the Committee is expected to come up with novel and feasible approaches to the monitoring and feedback of the different aspects of the NDEPS in ways that are seamless and easy to assess.”You will recall that His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, unveiled and launched the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria on the 28th of November, 2019.

“The development of the Nigerian Digital Economy will also have a multiplier effect on the level of development of the traditional economy. It will enable Nigeria to get a slice of the Global Digital Economy, which Oxford Economics values at $11.5 trillion dollars or approximately 16% of the Global Economy”, he said.

He noted the terms as follows, Review the Draft 2020-2030 NDEPS with special focus on the deliverables listed in the Policy and Strategy sections, as well as the grammatical constructs of the statements, Develop an effective implementation roadmap, Create a Responsibility Assignment Matrix; and Outline a robust monitoring strategy with a clear feedback mechanism. “We appreciate the fact that no Policy or Strategy document implements itself and we know the level of monitoring and feedback makes all the difference in the potential success of the implementation process”, he said.

He added that this Expert Review Committee has been carefully selected from a pool of tech savvy Nigerians. “You are expected to come up with a Roadmap based on the document. It should identify the desired outcome and include milestones needed to reach it. “We have identified a number of Stakeholders that are critical to the successful implementation of NDEPS and we expect this Committee to propose the assignment of responsibilities to them based on the mandate, expertise and track record”, he said.

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