Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Two awards for Nigeria at UN's ICT confab

 Nigeria claimed two awards and got a third recognition under honorable mention at the United Nations Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology Conference that took place in Ethiopia.

The agencies that represented Nigeria to win in two of the five awards are Chams Partnership, a private company in collaboration with the Osun State government and the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). And the second award went to NASRDA's Telemedicine Pilot Project. Kaduna and Benue State governments received honorable mentions.

The awards aim to recognise the work of African governments in the effective use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for public services delivery.

More than 30 applications were short-listed from Angola, Botswana, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, The Gambia, Tunisia and Zambia.

Only 12 "innovative projects" were selected to receive awards last Thursday at the conference gala dinner in Addis Ababa, sponsored by UNECA and the government of Canada.

Nigerian won in the category of economic and financial e-services delivery through the entry of Chams Partnership with Osun State government on Implementation of Enterprise Government e-Portal.

The UN stated "this is an ambitious project for bridging the urban-rural access gap and brings e-services opportunities to local communities."

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