Wednesday, June 05,
2019 / 03.00PM/ Nifemi Taiyese for Proshare WebTV / Header Image Credit: @
The federal government (FGN) recently launched an E-Government Plan 2020 to improve digital operations and services across Ministries, Department and Agencies.
At an event in Abuja the Federal Capital Territory, the Former Minister of Information and Communication Technology, ICT, Mr. Abdulraheem Adebayo Shittu said the official launch of the master plan, will achieve the following;
1. Improved public administration
2. Growth of ICT sector generally leading to employment opportunities
3. Improved economic development
4. Cost savings resulting in efficient service delivery
5. Enhance transparency and accountability
6. Improved public administration
He said that the Federal government believes that giving clarity as a nation, e-government implementation is an essential policy, that will help the government improve efficiency in the public service, block financial leakages and improve transparency in government dealings to reduce corruption to the barest minimum while also bringing government closer to the people.
It is also designed to improve government services and administration through the adoption of ICT and economy.
Shittu stated that the Ministry is expected to ignite and facilitate the adoption of e-government across board leveraging several programs in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP that references the use of ICT to improve government administration and services and also to identify the ministry of communications as the responsible entity who must get things done.
.Shittu, who was ICT Minister (2015-2019), believed the holistic adoption and implementation of the e-government master plan would inevitably increase the sector's contribution to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.
The Permanent Secretary of the ICT Ministry Mrs. Nkechi Ejele noted that the 11-month-old process that led to the development of the initial draft of the e-government master plan was championed by the ministry and some agencies especially the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Galaxy Fountain Limited.
She stated that they also had the benefit of a generous grant from the Korea International Corporation Agency (KOICA), which facilitated access to several e-government experts and also enabled several studies to Korea, a country that has retained the number one spot on the United Nations e-government index for several years.
In developing the e-government master plan, she said they have factored in various aspects of government such as legal systems, organizational frameworks, services, human resources development, awareness and infrastructure.
According to her, the master plan would be in three stages, namely;
The Permanent Secretary asserted that the vision of the E-Government Masterplan is to develop a world-class open government based on transparency, efficiency and quality of service.
“The e-government master plan is a document that proposes a holistic approach to implementation of e-government projects and services to ensure effective and efficient delivery of government services as well as seamless interactions of background processes between ministries, departments and agencies,” Njele said.
From the private sector perspective Mr. Tayo Aduloju Co-Chair Open Government Partnerships, of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group said there had been discussions about e-governance in Nigeria for over a decade which didn’t get traction. In the last four years, the open government partnership got assurance that e-government will be delivered. He further congratulated the Federal Government for delivering the e-government master plan.
The E-government master plan presents three unique opportunities which are the following;