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Uganda: National Information Technology Authority gets new board members

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By Prossy Nandudu 
ICT minister Dr.Ruhakana Rugunda has asked the new board of the National Information Technology Authority (NITA) to expedite the implementation of e-government policy aimed at improving efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of government services.
E-Government will enable government ministries and departments to communicate easily while implementing government programmes.
Rugunda also wants NITA to ensure the commercialization of the National Backbone infrastructure (NBI) which has taken too long to be actualized.
“NITA should come up with specific areas of action with regard to implementation of e-government. What people want are the affordable services and a catalyst to improve their businesses hence making the life of Ugandans easier,” said Rugunda.
NITA-U is a semi autonomous corporate body established in 2009 to coordinate and regulate information technology services in both government and the nation at large.
According to Rugunda, the commercialization of the national backbone infrastructure   will generate resources that will sustain NITA as it expands its activities.
He made the remarks while ushering in the new board members of NITA, headed by Dr.Francis Fredrick Tusubira, CEO UbuntuNet Alliance, at the ICT ministry. Other members on the board are Beatrice Amongin Lagada and Kenneth Mugambe, commissioner Budget Policy and Evaluation department in the ministry of finance.
The incoming board chairman, Dr.Francis Fredrick Tusubira said that they are committed to helping government deliver better services for human development.

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