The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has barred government officials, from the use of private emails for official duties.
According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari stated this at the State House, Abuja, when he unveiled and launched two new policies developed by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
Buhari noted that “the National Policy on Nigeria Government Second-Level Domains is a positive start in this direction,” while he also ordered that all government personnel stop using personal email for work and that all websites for Federal Public Institutions be moved to the appropriate government domains.
The President said that the digital economy sector has been most successful in the diversification of the nation’s economy, saving the Federal Government over N45.7 billion in IT projects clearance.
Linking the two policies to the diversification and prosperity of the economy, President Buhari said the National Policy on the Nigerian Government Second-Level Domains and the National Data Policy, are central to accelerating the development of the nation’s digital economy sector, adding that this administration would continue to develop policies and programmes in furtherance of the diversification of the economy.
“In the last three and a half years, we have intensified the development of policies, design of programmes and implementation of projects in the digital economy sector and the impact has been very impressive.
“For example, we have succeeded in diversifying our economy to a large extent and this is obvious when we consider the contribution of the ICT sector to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2022 which stood at 18.44%, compared to the contribution of the oil sector to the GDP which was 6. 33% in the same period,” he said.