ABUJA – Stakeholders in Abuja have called on the Federal Ministry of Communications Technology to carry out more sensitisation on the ministry’s Open Data Initiative.
The Open Data Initiative, introduced by the ministry on January 23, is aimed at opening up high value datasets from across government ministries to Nigerian citizens, businesses and the rest of the world.
The Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, said at the event that publishing non-sensitive government data online was aimed at delivering value-adding insights for the benefit of the people.
Mr Emmanuel Federicks, a Data Analyst with a first generation Bank PLC, said in an interview with newsmen that the ministry should do more sensitisation on the initiative.
We know the importance of the initiative because we use data for all our transactions.
“ What is the point of having a world class programme on ground through which government talks openly and freely about its policies if the public is unaware of it.
“There is a need to inform the public on how the initiative works and the importance of shared information,” he said.
Federicks said the initiative had enabled his bank to share information with other banks and other stakeholders in the industry.
He called on other corporate organisations and individuals to be more data-conscious because the more informed they are the better for their businesses.