A Draft Policy Document on Virtual Meetings and Engagements in the Federal Civil Service has been inked by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. This is in collaboration with the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, revealed this in Abuja this week, while delivering his address as the guest lecturer at the Course 82 graduation ceremony, National Defence College.
The policy document reflects the global new normal and the increasing use of technology to run government in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 Pandemic has forced us to adopt the use of technology in governance and this has necessitated the need to promote e-governance in an orderly manner,” said Pantami.
The policy document is in line with his ministry’s mandate to promote a digital economy, he added
According to him, the draft document is ready to be presented at the Federal Executive Council in the coming weeks.
“As enshrined in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy Document, the new Policy will promote the pillars of Service Infrastructure and Digital Services Development and Promotion represented as Pillars 4 and 5,” the minister added in an official statement signed by spokesperson, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman.
On the issue of security, Pantami noted that the real warfare is now fought in the cyberspace as cybercriminals operate at a speed far ahead of the speed of law, and therefore “we must take very deliberate steps to ensure that our cyberspace is significantly secured.”