FG’ll save N4.5bn annually from MDAs’ digitisation –NITDA

The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Kashifu Inuwa, on Friday, said the implementation of the service-wide Enterprise Content Management solution would result in an annual savings of N4.5bn for the government

According to him, the solution is aimed at accelerating the digitisation of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies’ services

He stated this while presenting a paper during at a one-day ECM service-wide roundtable workshop titled, “The Modalities of Software Clearance on ECM Solution for MDAs” in Abuja.

The DG, who was represented by the Director, Information Technology Infrastructure Solutions Dr Usman Abdullahi, emphasised the importance of ECM implementation as a critical success factor required by the civil service to survive in a modern and competitive post-Covid-19 world.

He said, “Constraints such as complexity of massive volumes of variant data and information that exists in a broad array of formats; complex and extended business processes spanning across the business functions and partners around the globe; the need for integration and interoperability; and fulfilment of compliance to legal and regulatory requirements, are expected to be resolved by the implementation of the ECM.”

“The federal public institutions and other government establishments are not left out in this pursuit of digital transformation excellence, which is in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria (2020-2030) as well as Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (2021-2025).

He added, “Digitalisation of government processes facilitates transparency, efficiency, productivity, participation, inclusiveness, cost savings, and competitive advantage, which ultimately translates to social and economic development for a country like Nigeria. Therefore, digitalisation of government processes is no longer a choice, but a must for any country aiming for development.  ECM is used to manage information throughout its lifecycle, in line with the Digital Services Development and Promotion Pillar of NDEPS, among others.”

According to the NITDA boss, some of the benefits of ECM to FPIs include saving employees time for mining information from physical paper documents, reduced cost of file storage and paper needs, and strengthening security by ensuring information confidentiality, integrity, availability, and increasing regulatory compliance.

While applauding the initiative by the Head of Service of the Federation in setting the pace for the implementation of ECM, he also disclosed that a total of 258 projects from 97 FPIs amounting to a total investment of N152,043,373,117.25 were cleared in 2021 and a total of N24,403,266,842.86 was saved for the government in the same year.

 Earlier in her opening remarks, the Head of Service, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, elaborated on some of the processes that have been engaged in the implementation of the ECM.

She added that a change and communication management team was established to conduct risk management of the ECMs.

She added that 16 MDAs, staff of LGAs and the office of the Head of Service, through the collaboration and support of the Federal Ministry of communication and Digital Economy, had been trained.

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