Title: An evaluation of the implementation mechanisms of Nigeria's information technology policy

Authors: O.M. Hassan, Willie O. Siyanbola, T.O. Oyebisi

Addresses: National Centre for Technology Management, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. ' National Centre for Technology Management, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. ' Technology Planning and Development Unit, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Abstract: Developing and implementing policies and programmes that brings quick impacts over the years for the society especially in developing countries have proven difficult. This explains the gaps that exist between policy formulation and its implementation. This paper presents the evaluation of Nigeria|s information technology (IT) policy by examining the mechanisms for its implementation. The evaluation utilised questionnaires to collect information from institutions in purposively selected sectors mainly from Abuja and Lagos in Nigeria. Data collected were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. This paper concluded that the implementation of the 2001 IT policy in Nigeria did not have the so much of its desired results and that government needed to balance politics, flexibility and continuity with the vision and goals of the policy to effectively implement future policies.

Keywords: IT policy; policy evaluation; policy implementation; information technology; Nigeria; technology policy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPM.2011.040301

International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 2011 Vol.11 No.1, pp.57 - 67

Published online: 31 Mar 2015 *

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