Tech­nol­ogy a ne­ces­sity in pub­lic ser­vice de­liv­ery –Buhari

The Punch - - NEWS - John Ameh, Abuja

The Pres­i­dent, Ma­jor Gen­eral Muham­madu Buhari (retd.), on Thurs­day, said tech­nol­ogy, par­tic­u­larly In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy, was im­por­tant in mod­ern-day pub­lic ser­vice de­liv­ery.

Buhari, who said this was the rea­son his regime had di­rected all the MDAS to de­ploy IT in their op­er­a­tions, added that tech­nol­ogy was no longer a lux­ury but a press­ing ne­ces­sity.

Buhari spoke dur­ing a meet­ing with the lead­er­ship of Com­puter Pro­fes­sion­als Reg­is­tra­tion Coun­cil of Nige­ria and Nige­ria Com­puter So­ci­ety at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa, Abuja.

The pres­i­dent of the body, Prof Charles Uwa­dia, led mem­bers to see the Pres­i­dent.

‘‘The fu­ture be­longs to IT. What was un­imag­in­able 20 years ago is a re­al­ity to­day. Ac­cord­ingly, we have in­tro­duced nu­mer­ous poli­cies and have made sub­stan­tial in­vest­ments to en­sure that the ben­e­fits of this tech­nol­ogy-driven age are felt by 200 mil­lion Nige­ri­ans.

‘‘In­deed, our strat­egy for in­clu­sive eco­nomic growth can only be achieved by lev­er­ag­ing the tech­nol­ogy tools avail­able to us,” a state­ment by pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son, Mr Femi Adesina, af­ter the meet­ing quoted Buhari as say­ing.

he added, ‘‘Al­ready, we have seen the ben­e­fits of us­ing tech­no­log­i­cal tools for lend­ing to farm­ers as well as mon­i­tor­ing crop per­for­mance espe­cially in some of the more re­mote lo­ca­tions.

‘‘Fur­ther­more, our so­cial in­vest­ment pro­grammes are built on tech­no­log­i­cal plat­forms that al­low us to pos­i­tively im­pact the lives of some poor­est mem­bers of our so­ci­ety.”

Prof Uwa­dia, in his re­marks, praised Buhari’s po­lit­i­cal will in pro­mot­ing IT in­fra­struc­ture in the coun­try.

• L-R: Deputy In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, Op­er­a­tions, Nige­ria Po­lice Force, Ab­dul­ma­jid Ali; Igp,muhammed Adamu; and DIG, Force Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and In­tel­li­gence Depart­ment, An­thony Og­bizi Michael, dur­ing IGP’S meet­ing with lawyers in the po­lice in Abuja… on Thurs­day. Photo: NPF

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