e-Governance

New initiatives for e-Governance in Nigeria

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The ministries of Education and Communication Technology took practical steps towards attaining the Federal Government’s objectives of achieving e-governance within a short period of time.

To achieve the objective, the two ministries have raised committees charged with the responsibility of working out the modalities for the take-off of the project.

Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’I, Education minister and Mrs. Omobola Johnson, her Communication Technology counterpart, who met in Abuja last weekend, have resolved to set up an Inter- Ministerial Committee for the take off of the e-government process re-engineering approach in the ministry.

Johnson at the occasion said that the Education ministry formed the five pilot ministries that included Health, Agriculture, Trade and Investment and Ministry of Communication Technology.

According to her, the criteria for the selection of the ministries included but not limited to social impact, economic impact and demonstrated willingness of minister and ministry to participate. She added that four to five processes from the selected ministries would be selected for re-engineering and subsequent automated delivery either via the website or through the government contact centre by the first quarter of 2013 at the very latest.

The minister said for ease of implementation processes, it must start and end in the selected ministry and meet certain criteria like citizen facing, information or service provided is in high demand by the citizens and resonates with or delivers on important part of the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s administration.
Johnson assured the minister that once the pilot processes are agreed upon, process consultants will be engaged by the ministry of communication technology to work with the selected pilot ministries to develop a process inventory for future re-engineering initiatives and define an implementation path for migrating from the manual to the re-engineered processes and organisational arrangements for delivery online or through the government contact centre among others.

Rufa’I, who was flanked by her colleague in the ministry, the Minister of State, Chief Nyesom Wike, thanked the minister of Communication Technology for finding the ministry of education ready for the pilot scheme and assured her of co-operation to ensure the success of the program in line with President Goodluck Jonathan Transformation Agenda and the development strategy.

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