Nigeria’s Minister of Communications Technology, Omobola Johnson, says the Federal Government saved over N119 billion in two years, thanks to the use of ICTs.
She was addressing address at the opening ceremony of the 11thInternational Conference of the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) in Iloko Ijesha in Osun State. The Minister said eGovernment initiatives had transformed government operations, improving document management and archiving, citizen interaction and efficiencies, and had also assisted in better budget management and significantly improved fraud management. The Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) alone had discovered about 46,000 “ghost workers” and saved the government approximately N119 billion so far.
However, she lamented the fact that Nigeria as a whole still ranked low on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Networked Readiness Index (NRI) for 2013, being listed in 114th position out of 144 countries. She said the Ministry was undertaking to improve this situation through initiatives to connect all Nigerians, increase local content participation and increase the supply of local skills and talent to the sector.
At the event, the NCS also elected Professor David Adewumi as its new President.