Lagos State Government has been able to save N200 million monthly through its use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Dr Kadri Hamzat, the state Commissioner for Science and Technology, said this on Thursday in Lagos at the August 2009 Members Evening of the Institute of Directors (IoD).
He said the money was saved from the use of ICT to record details of the government?s employees, thus eliminating ghost workers and those who falsified their data.Hamzat said the government was now saving the salaries usually paid to falsified workers and those promoting their levels.He said the use of ICT had enabled the state government to achieve a lot and also enhance good governance.The Commissioner explained that a government that was able to fulfill the legitimate aspirations of the people could be said to be practising good governance. â€œGood governance generally creates a conducive environment where citizens can aspire and achieve whatever goals they set for themselves,â€ Hamzat said. Hamzat said the government had used ICT to transform its internal working processes through the Global Computarisation Project (GCP).
He said that ICT was critical in ensuring that most of the revenue due to the government was paid to its coffers, adding that it now generated N13 billion monthly. â€œFor any government around the world, the main source of funding is tax collection.â€œIf the process of collecting this revenue is cumbersome and attracts a huge expenditure, it implies that the revenue accruing to government will be unnecessarily reduced,â€ he said. Hamzat said there were 36 tax stations across the state which were all linked by the Wide Area Network (WAN) to a centralÂ database. The Commissioner also said that to enhance good governance using ICT, the governmentâ€™s employees had been undergoing training on ICT.
He said the government established Digital Villages where youths were being trained on ICT skills. Hamzat said the state government would continue to use ICT to enhance good governance.