FG to save 4.5 billion naira a year through digitization of MDAs – NITDA

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The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency Kashifu Inuwa said on Friday that implementing the enterprise content management solution department-wide would lead to annual savings of 4 .5 billion naira for the government.

According to him, the solution aims to accelerate the digitization of the services of Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

He said so while presenting a paper at a one-day ECM-wide panel discussion titled “The Modalities of Software Authorization on ECM Solution for MDAs” in Abuja .

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

He said: “Constraints such as the complexity of massive volumes of variant data and information that exist in a wide range of formats; complex and extensive business processes spanning business functions and partners around the world; the need for integration and interoperability; and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, should be addressed through the implementation of ECM. »

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

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

According to the NITDA boss, some of the benefits of ECM for REITs include saving employees time extracting information from physical paper documents, reducing the cost of file storage and paper requirements , and strengthening security by ensuring confidentiality, integrity, availability and increased regulation. compliance.

While applauding the Federation Department Head’s initiative to set the pace for the implementation of ECM, he also revealed that a total of 258 projects from 97 REITs representing a total investment of N152,043,373,117 .25 were approved in 2021 and a total of N24,403,266,842.86 was saved for the government in the same year.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Head of Unit, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan explained some of the processes that went into implementing GCED.

She added that a change and communication management team has been established to carry out ECM risk management.

She added that 16 MDAs, LGA staff and the Office of the Head of Service, through the collaboration and support of the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, have been trained.

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