By Emmanuel Elebeke
The Federal Government says it is developing an Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) to automate the entire government processes. The Minister of Communication, Barr. Adebayo Shittu said that the EDMS would automate the entire processes in the entire governance system by making the government to be more transparent, effective and efficient in the delivery of services to the citizens, which is in-line with the objective of Open Government Partnership (OGP).
The Minister disclosed this during the 3rd National Steering Committee meeting on OGP held at Sheraton Hotel Abuja.
According to him, the Successive government in the country have recognized the need to use Information Communication Technology, ICT to transform governance but implementation has been with mixed results.
He said, “The current administration has given a new impetus to it through the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP). The plan envisages a reduction of cost of governance and leveraging technology to improve public service delivery through the implementation of e-Government across MDAs”.
Barrister Shittu said that ICT has contributed immensely to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country, which is put at about 9.8% in June 2016 compared to 6.9% in 2012. He noted that Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in this sector has increased from $32billion in 2015 to $38 billion in 2016. He added that, despite these successes, the potential of this sector is still not fully harnessed.
The Minister pointed out that ICT Roadmap, which was recently approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), provides an outline for the development of the ICT sector for the next three years. It also provides paths and initiatives, which would transform the sector when implemented.
In his words, “The Ministry, through the e-Government department, launched an initiative that involves the identification of key business processes that relates to the delivery of services to citizens by MDAs.
This would be accomplished by deploying ICTs to provide better response to citizens’ demands, improvement in service delivery and making government more efficient and more responsive as the citizens would be engaged”.
He stated that the system is currently being introduced in the Ministry of Power, Works & Housing, Ministry of Budget & Planning as well as my Ministry. “Once it is successfully implemented and adopted in these Ministries, it would be deployed to other MDAs according to funds availability” he added.