In 2020, the current world order is facing unprecedented difficulties due to the pandemic. Here at Microsoft we ask, “how can we bring to life the promise of technology to everyone”? Part of the answer is in recognizing that empowerment begins with digital inclusion. Just as there is an effective commercial ecosystem that brings the promise of technology to life in the marketplace, there must also be a strong societal ecosystem that democratizes the promise of technology.
In this position paper, we present digital transformation as a means for social and economic development in Nigeria, enabling every Nigerian citizen and business to achieve more. We also recommend 20 policy, technological and other interventions for the government to promote a digital Nigeria that can harness the opportunities of today’s cutting edge technologies. We also recommend adaptable best practices from similar cloud-first jurisdictions focusing primarily on the public sector, and other select sectors through emerging and inspiring digital transformation case studies in Nigeria