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NIGERIA COMMITS TO OPENING UP THE ECONOMY THROUGH ITS OPEN DATA DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE.

05 Feb 2014 – ThisDayLive leads our news report for today with the news that the Nigerian Ministry of Communication Technology has announced the Open Data Development Initiative to help drive innovation, investment and economic growth by enabling access to government data.

The Initiative will open up high value datasets from across government ministries to Nigerian citizens, businesses and the rest of the world, for free. The Open Data Development Initiative aims to highlight the potential efficiency, innovations and public value that can be achieved when government uses technology to open its data to the world.

The Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson stressed the issue of demand. She is quoted as saying “We would like to ensure that our Open Data initiative is driven by demand. We will be guided by the practical needs of Nigerians to ensure that Open Data fuels innovation and grows the Nigerian economy

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