The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), has called on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, consider the deployment and implementation of modern technology tools and solution in all government’s activities.
Chairman, Lagos Chapter of the Nigeria Computer Society, Mr. Rogba Adeoye, who made the call in Lagos, told THISDAY in an interview that government needed to deploy and implement more Information Technology (IT) tools and solutions in order to achieve better results and transparency in governance.
Commending the recent efforts of government in discovering over 45, 000 ghost workers in the Federal Civil Service Commission through the use of biometrics technology, Adeoye said government could leverage on IT solutions to tackle the issue corruption in the society.
"If government can apply biometrics technology, which is only one aspect of several technology solutions, and achieve great results, it follows that government can use several technology solutions to stamp out corruption in the system and rebuild the confidence of Nigerians, if well implemented," he said.
According to him, what it means is that if government further adopts the use of IT solution, things will be done transparently and there will be no more financial leakages in the system.
"If IT is adopted in voters’ registration card issuing and also used for the actual voting, Nigeria will be producing credible election results few hours after the election. Again it will also help in addressing the insecurity situation in the country. A lot could be done with available IT solutions, if government is prepared to listen to NCS as an advocacy group, and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), which is the IT implementation body for the country," Adeoye said.
Cybercrime, he said would be a thing of the past, should government adopt the right technology, that is available everywhere.
"What we want is for government to use the application of IT to drive transparency, good governance and reduce corruption. NCS is therefore agitating for the adoption of and use of a complete IT application solution in governance. Everything about government should be computerised, especially when interfacing with the public. Government should computerise its payroll, and continue to use IT application services and drop the old ways of working manually. The emphasis should be on IT application solution," the NCS boss said.
He called for the strengthening of NITDA, and wants government to make NITDA a Commission and to create a NITDA Board, insisting it is the best way to make NITDA function very well in discharging its duties as IT implementer for Nigeria.
He pleaded with the government to appoint IT experts as the board members, once the board is created.
He, however, called on other IT bodies in the country like Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), among others, to do their jobs diligently, by following due process in the administration of the various bodies, especially now that there will be a change in administration, following the end of tenure for NCS, NITDA and CPN this year.
Adeoye lamented a situation where the present tenure of Prof. Cleopas Angaye as Director General of NITDA would be expiring in few months’ time, without having a NITDA Board in place.
"If there was a NITDA Board, the impact of the agency would have been felt more in the country," Adeoye said.
He commended Angaye for his initiative in awarding scholarships to Master Degree and Doctorate Degree students to study in Nigeria and outside Nigeria, insisting that the initiative is a boost to human capital development, which he said, the country needed for rapid technology development.
He also requested that government to engage IT professionals in various positions at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Police Affairs, Ministry of Communications Technology and other government agencies, to enable them bring in their IT expertise to further drive the Nigerian economy.