‘E-gov­er­nance has trans­formed ad­min­is­tra­tion’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Balarabe Alka­s­sim

The federal govern­ment has said the adop­tion of e-gov­er­nance strate­gies will ease ser­vice de­liv­ery to cit­i­zens.

Head of Civil Ser­vice of the Fed­er­a­tion Al­haji Bukar Goni Aji stated this at the just con­cluded Africa Train­ing and Re­search Cen­tre in Ad­min­is­tra­tion for De­vel­op­ment High-Level sem­i­nar on strate­gies for the use of e-Gov­er­nance and e-Ad­min­is­tra­tion in Africa in Morocco on Tues­day.

Goni Aji who was rep­re­sented at the sem­i­nar by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the Federal Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy Dr. Tunji Olaopa said the re­al­iza­tion of sav­ings which could be made if such in­fra­struc­ture are shared by var­i­ous MDAs led to the cre­ation of Galaxy Back­bone Ltd.

“The re­al­iza­tion of the trans­for­ma­tive power of ICT has led Nigeria to adopt e-Gov­er­nance as a part of govern­ment pol­icy. This is grad­u­ally re­sult­ing in govern­ment de­liv­er­ing bet­ter ser­vices to its publics in a more ef­fi­cient, cost-ef­fec­tive and trans­par­ent man­ner,” he said.

He said the federal govern­ment cur­rently spends close to $1bn on ICT in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices per an­num. How­ever, this spend is in func­tional or min­is­te­rial si­los and largely skewed to­wards hard­ware pur­chases and ICT in­fra­struc­ture.

He added that “the in­tro­duc­tion of the ‘1-Gov.net project by Galaxy Back­bone is to en­sure that in­fra­struc­ture and trans­ver­sal ap­pli­ca­tions are shared across MDAs, re­sult­ing in huge sav­ings.

He stressed that, the ap­proach to pro­vid­ing shared in­fra­struc­ture re­ceived val­i­da­tion from the high­est level in 2013, with Galaxy Back­bone win­ning the United Na­tion’s Pub­lic Ser­vice award for the pro­mo­tion of whole-of­gov­ern­ment ap­proaches in the In­for­ma­tion Age.

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