Leaders across the African continent have been encouraged by the Nigerian government to adopt cutting-edge technology to boost operational efficiency and results of public service delivery. With the ever-accelerating pace of technology, the benefits of grasping it are expanding, as evidenced by notable technical developments recorded so far and as it considerably helps to drive government businesses. Prof. Muhammed Abubakar, Managing Director of an ICT service provider in Nigeria, Galaxy Backbone Ltd (GBB), revealed this through the Head of Media, Mr. Tasiu Pantami, while addressing at the event entitled Practice of Public Leadership and Decision-Making in Public, in Addis Ababa.
At the event, hosted by the African Centre for Resource Studies (ACRS), he emphasized the significance of Africa leveraging technology with the potential to improve operations in the public sector and reach the broader population. Prof. Abubakar, who was represented by Chief of Staff Mr. Owaicho Igoji, argued that the private sector’s professionals’ access to digital technologies should match that of the public sector’s. Meanwhile, it’s becoming considerably challenging for legislators to pave the way for the public sector to adopt cutting-edge technologies.
GBB plays a significant part within the Federal Public Sector.
Reflecting on the company’s development under his direction, he claims that Galaxy Backbone Ltd makes a significant contribution toward assuring the digital transformation of the country and enhancing economic prosperity, as this fits in with the firm’s goal of supplying ICT infrastructure in the ICT industry, which is where the company operates. Abubakar elaborated that the firm is a key player in advancing Nigeria’s digital economy by providing and deploying ICT infrastructure and services to federal government ministries, departments, and agencies.
Among the notable contributions since 2020 has been the development and provision of remote working and meeting infrastructure and services for the federal public sector. As a result, the Federal Executive Council, National Council of States, and other essential government officials have been able to work effectively throughout the epidemic. Abubakar underscored public principles that every leader should uphold, including respect for human dignity, voice and participation, patriotism, personal responsibility, integrity, national unity, and professionalism.
NDEPS propels Nigeria forward in its digital transformation.
In addition, Abubakar praised the ACRS for organizing the event, which he said did a great job of sensitizing and educating the public on the need to mentor the next generation of African leaders. With fewer resources available and more public attention and scrutiny of law enforcement action, leaders have utilized a variety of technology improvements in recent years to improve operational efficiency and results. Nevertheless, the nation’s policymakers have a lot of work to do before they can rest easy about the presence and usefulness of cutting-edge technology. In tandem, leaders are also taking gradual steps in leveraging technologies in governance.
Nigeria has been progressing in this direction in recent years, integrating cutting-edge technology into its administrative framework to improve efficiency and effectiveness. One of the primary forces propelling the nation forward in its digital transformation is the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), the fulfilment of which is targeted for the year 2030. Elections scheduled to take place this year in Nigeria will be conducted using digital technology. Additionally, government officials have clarified that state-of-the-art technology will be used in the upcoming 2023 census.
More actions are required for a resilient African digital environment.
On the other hand, contemporary technology has permeated Africa to unimaginable degrees with hopes for additional spread. The continent is home to a fast-increasing middle class, many of whom have taken use of modern technology. Investors on the continent are focused on new technologies and entrepreneurship to assure continued growth, therefore eschewing the traditional mechanism. However, more actions must be taken to establish an inclusive and resilient African digital environment. Considering these variables, Nigeria has the potential to inspire profound shifts throughout the rest of Africa or at least to provide fresh impetus for development in the technological sectors.