The Federal Government is working with critical stakeholders to develop e-learning management system, the Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr. Habiba Lawal, has said.
Lawal said this at the opening of the 4th International Workshop on the Application of ICT in Education, Healthcare and Agriculture hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology in Abuja.
The SGF, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Dr. Aminat Shamak, regretted that the health sector had not been greatly impacted by the ICT although the government was aware of the potential of technology in effective healthcare delivery.
She said, “In education subsector, we are aware of the need for a robust school management system for all our schools in order to provide government and school administrators with the requisite data, records and information for planning and developing the sector.
“Education Management Information System in all tiers of government is essential for effective management and administration of our schools. In addition to EMIS, our government is working with various stakeholders to ensure e-learning and learning management systems based on the Nigerian curricular are developed to complement the effort of our teachers.
“Just as the traditional textbooks and teaching aids, animations, e-books, instructional videos, edu-games, etc, are tested ways to stimulate learning and improve learning outcomes in this time and age.”
In the health sector, the SGF said that today’s manual and paper system of managing data and records was limited and had adverse effect on healthcare delivery.
She said efforts were being put in place to ensure that tertiary and secondary healthcare delivery facilities could migrate from manual to electronic health management information system.
Also speaking at the event, Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said in the emerging new world order, the role of the ICT in virtually all areas of human endeavour had become very important.
He said, “It has become clear to many people all over the world that in both ancient and modern times, the greatness of nations has depended essentially on how such nations have utilised science, technology, and innovation in nation building.
“We have seen some countries that are not heavily endowed with abundance of known natural resources become rich and prosperous by the effective deployment of science and technology in national development.
“It is now widely accepted that the major difference between developed and developing countries is the ability of such countries to utilise science and technology for development.”
Onu said the ICT could help Nigeria advance the strong need of moving her away from a resource-based to a knowledge-based innovation-driven economy.