Pan-African Information and Communication Technology Company, CWG Plc has advised the Nigerian Government, especially at the Federal level to develop a National Digital Strategy that focuses on people and processes, while maintaining a citizen-centric view.
The Head, Information Technology at CWG Plc, Mr.Marcel Odiboh gave the advice, while responding to questions from the audience as one of the panelists during the Fourth Edition of the Information Communication Technology & Telecommunications (ICTEL) Exhibition, organized by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in Lagos last week.
According to Odiboh, the first step for the Government to develop a digitized environment is to rethink and focus on incorporating digital systems into government core business model, and then tap into utilization of the various technologies to achieve its digital strategy.
“In considering the digitalization process of a country, it is important to understand and develop a strategy and not necessarily the technology. Once, the strategy is right, deploying the technology becomes easy in driving digitalization,” he argued.
Odiboh believes that many of the mistakes with government agencies in adopting digitalization are by first considering technology without having the right strategy in mind. This, he said, does not work most of the time, emphasizng that three critical factors of People, Process, and Technology must be considered. Technology, he noted, comes last in this regard as it is an enabler to achieve an end result.
Some of these technologies, he added, are already available within the stable of CWG Plc, touted as Nigeria’s biggest integration company. For instance, CWG provides technology services that power more than 60 percent of businesses in the Financial Industry in Nigeria and 50 percent in the Telecoms Industry and Government sectors, including providing solutions that enable the growth of the emerging business sectors and utility sectors.
Presently, CWG is championing a Smart Metering Solution that is gradually revolutionizing the Nigerian Energy Sector with. The CWG Smart metering solution with embedded Meters have their communication systems, software for capturing data and the system for helping people remotely disconnect, reconnect their meters.