The Parliamentary Committee on ICT meets with officials from NITA Uganda.
On Wednesday 22nd January 2020, Members of Parliament that sit on the ICT committee met with officials from NITA Uganda under the Ministry of Information and National Guidance to discuss the agency budget framework paper for the Financial Year 2020/2021.
The NITA officials highlighted some of the challenges that the agency is faced with which include vivid gender disparities as there are more men than women employed in the ICT sector and that this query was raised in last year’s Equality report by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). The Members of Parliament asked if NITA has been issued with a certificate of Gender and Equity Compliance.
Another issue raised was the limited personnel and under staffing at NITA and the officials argued that this has curtailed execution of planned programs and projects. The officials asked the committee to increase funding so that NITA is able to recruit and pay its workers well to curb the high turnover rate of employees. Data and research was another issue presented with an argument that the available data was insufficient and that NITA is incapacitated to fully undertake research and data collection.
The Members of Parliament recommended that NITA makes use of Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) to address the research and data gap and that UBOS mandate can be enlarged to entail ICT related research. They also asked that NITA gets in touch with the Equal Opportunities Commission to address the gender disparities within the sector.
They also queried whether the NITA Budget Framework is in compliance with the National Development Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals. It is on that ground that Hon. Patrick Nsamba Oshabe asked whether the law requires compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals. There was also a legal issue about the legality of the Budget Framework Paper as it is now and the committee refereed to the Speaker’s guidance that debate on the Budget Framework paper continues as she consults.
BY ; MUBANGIZI PROSPER.