Out of 193 countries in the global e-Government index, Nigeria has been ranked 141, giving the country a poor image among serious countries that have adopted e-governance.
The Country Director of Korea International Corporation Agency, KOICA, Mr. Woochan Chang has just disclosed this at the launch of a G2G Portal and inauguration of a Digital Transformation Working Group organized by National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA in Abuja today.
He said despite coming far behind many countries in the world, Nigeria still trailed behind Ghana and Mauritius which ranked 101 and 103 respectively.
Chang who decried Nigeria’s low ranking called for more action in the implementation of the e-Government Master Plan to improve good governance in the country.
He said the inauguration of the Working Group by the Federal government was a roadmap towards the implementation of digital transformation Nigeria wants and called for collective action.
The KOICA Director, who described the Working Group as a critical partner in the provision of political will and strategic commitment needed for full implementation of the e-Government Master Plan, charged the Committee to champion implementation of the e-Government in all government MDAs.
He promised that KOICA would consolidate on the existing partnership with the Nigerian government to support Nigeria’s vision to digital transformation.
‘‘E-Government Committee is critical in the provision of the political will needed and strategic commitment necessary to fulfill the implementation of the e-Government Master Plan.
‘‘KOICA is ready to consolidate on the partnership with Nigeria to support Nigeria’s Vision to digital transformation,’’ he said.The government of the Republic of Korea had in November 2019 handed over the $1 e-Government Training Centre to the Federal government of Nigeria for the training of public servants on e-Government.
The Korean government said it earmarked $8.56 million to support the development of e-Government in Nigeria since 2013, through various capacity building programs, the establishment of an e-Government Training Centre and formulation of the first e-Government Master Plan for Nigeria in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Public Service Institute of Nigeria, and other major stakeholders.
In his remarks, the NITDA Director of e-Government, Dr. Vincent Olagunju charged MDAS to take advantage of the working group and newly launched portal to improve all IT projects in their domain and ensure that they were all in line with the global best practice, devoid of duplication and efficient.
He also charged members of the working group to make sure they replicate the knowledge they will acquire from the training they undergo.
The highlight of the occasion was the recognition of nine Federal government agencies that distinguished themselves in different categories of digital transformation.
They include NIPOST: Best Digital Service Delivery institution; FIRS: Best institution in Digital Economy Readiness; Nigerian Customs Service: Best ICT Strategic Plan Institution; BOI; Best Institution in Data Localization and CAC: Best ICT Infrastructure and Services Outsourcing Institution.
Others are the National Boundary Commission: Best ICT Security Readiness Institution; NHIS: Best Interoperability Institution and NIMC: Best Enterprising Architecture Institution.