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Government Urged To Invest In ICT Sector

Government has been challenged to invest more money into Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector in a bid to provide efficient and reliable services to the public.

East Africa Legislative Assembly Member of Parliament Mike Sebalu says investment in ICT will increase accountability and adoption to fast digital service by government agencies.

“The world has evolved therefore for any government and country to adjust to providing faster services should embrace usage of ICT,”he said.

Sebalu applauded Nita Uganda for building capacity of Ministries, Agencies and Departments however asked technocrats at Nita Uganda to lobby government to increase budget for training technical officers to provide efficient, accountable and transparent services.

Sebalu was speaking at Nita Uganda first ever E-government exhibition at Garden city under the theme: Bold digital government: unlocking service delivery.

He scoffed at gov’t for ill funding the ICT sector to spur accountability, efficiency and reliable service delivery to the public saying this has slowed down service delivery.

In the recently national budget Finance ministry only allocated shs 127billion for the ICT ministry.

Ndambya Vivian Director Technical Services pledged to conduct more training sessions for government agencies however says this will be possible if government allocates more money to Nita Uganda and mother ICT ministry.

“The gaps in terms of ICT usage is still low among gov’t agencies but we are ready to build their capacity if government can allocate more money to sector for training purposes,” she said.

Meanwhile next week, Nita Uganda will recognize and give excellence awards to ministries, departments and agencies that have embrace usage of e-services.

The National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) is an autonomous statutory body established under the NITA-U Act 2009, to coordinate and regulate Information Technology services in Uganda.

NITA-U  promotes standardization in the planning, acquisition, implementation, delivery, support and maintenance of information technology equipment and services, to ensure uniformity in quality, adequacy and reliability of information technology usage throughout Uganda;

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