Task Force Recommends Separate Ministry for ICT in Nigeria
The Presidential task force for the restructuring of government institutions and organisations has recommended the creation of Ministries of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and a Ministry of Information.
The task force has also recommended for the merger of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for effective regulation of the telecommunication and broadcast industries.
Speaking at the formal handing of the task force's report to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, the Minister of Information and Communication, John Odey disclosed that three tiers of industry management have also been recommended for information technology, telecommunications and broadcasting sub-sector.
The minister stated that the new MCIT should oversee regulatory and developmental activities in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry while the ministry of information will be responsible for management and dissemination of information for government.
According to the minister, the committee has equally recommended that ICT policy should be reviewed to assign appropriate responsibilities. The highlight of the report stated that the new MCIT should be responsible for policy formulation covering information technology, broadcasting and telecommunication, supervision of policy implementation and preparing policy review.
The report further stated that NCC should be merged with NBC and the new body should be known as NCC and would be charged with the responsibility of regulating the industry as well as providing the secretariat for the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF). It recommended that NITDA should be renamed National Information and Communication Technology Development Agency and should be rested with the new MCIT ministry.