By Laju Iren
The Institute of Information Management, IIM, has said that only proper information management can give the country basis for promoting transparency, accountability and good governance.
The institute which says it is organizing an annual lecture to prove this, deliberately tagged theme of the event: “Leveraging on proper information management as basis for promoting transparency, accountability and good governance in Nigeria.”
The event which comes up weekend, in Lagos, will also double as Induction & Award ceremony where different stakeholders in Nigeria and other parts of the world including past and present public office holders, captains of industries including leaders across the various sectors of the economy would be honoured.
According to the President / Chairman Governing Council. IIM Africa, Dr. Oyedokun Oyewole , “the recent drive by the present administration to fight corruption, promote transparency and good governance can only succeed if government have unhindered access to quality information.
“It is obvious from recent happenings in government that Nigeria as a nation is yet to have fully control over the records and information being generated, used and transmitted by the government, as government struggle to manage their public records in accordance with international good practice standards.”
He added that “well-managed records and information provide clear and durable evidence of what the government has promised, what it has done, what services it has provided and how it has spent public funds. Weak records controls result in an ad hoc, potentially misleading national evidence base that opens opportunities for manipulation, corruption and fraud; weakens citizens’ ability to claim fair rights and entitlements; undermines the ability to plan and monitor policies and services; and makes it difficult to open records and information effectively.