The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has restated its commitment to building capacity and complimenting the Federal Government’s efforts in the implementation of Nigeria’s e-Government Masterplan.
Speaking at the sidelines of the Digitization Hangout with the Digital Transformation Technical Working Groups (DTTWGs) organized by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in Abuja, the KOICA programme officer, Nigeria office, Mr. Kayode Adebisi Samuel, who said the agency was providing support for the implementation of the e-government project in Nigeria through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, explained that their role was strictly complementing what government had achieved.
“We have signed that project in agreement with the minister himself on August 5 and the core components of the project are basically for building digital foundation for e-governance in Nigeria and it is a 5-year project and it comes with $13 million and in term of implementation …So, the core component of the project is the provision of consulting services and secondly we are also looking out to supporting capacity building programmes and interestingly that was why we came here and the members of DTTGs, we shall be supporting their capacity building over the next 5 years in terms of implementation and also we shall be building capacity for NITDA for Galaxy Backbone and some other states which we have not yet finalized.
“On the project that was supposed to end in 2020, this is the second phase project that was supposed to end in Nigeria, the first phase was from 2013 to 2019…and it was $8.5 million which was also based on e-government master plan and capacity development programme through e-government training centres,” he said.
According to him, this one is a follow up to the first phase and for specific focus for the DTTWG members we are actually building capacity and we are starting first to get the survey and analyse it to know the skills gap and based on that we build a training curriculum and deliver it to members and basically that will be digital economy.