FG to advance digitisation as NCC, BPSR sign MoU
All Federal Government processes are to be digitised as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) have penned a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly work towards accelerating the process.
At the signing ceremony between the two organisations held in Abuja, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said collaboration between the two organisations is consistent with NCC’s Strategic Vision Plan (SVP) to partner and collaborate with relevant stakeholders.
He noted that the MoU would enhance efficiency and productivity as it adequately captures the roles of enabling policies and implementing institutions, which are key features of digital transformation.
Danbatta also said the Commission will continue to drive broadband penetration, which provides the backbone upon which such a process will thrive.
“It is for this reason that the Nigerian National Broadband Plan document, made adequate provisions for the deployment of broadband infrastructure across the country. It is this same infrastructure that will drive services that will result in the transformation of governance as well as the key services sector in the economy,” he said.
Danbatta said after the process, governance will be paperless, while chief executive officers would be able to deal with their emails without necessarily signing most things offline because virtually everything will be done online.
“Indeed, the transition will be worth it, as the process is associated with efficiency, which naturally results from operating a paperless system of governance or administration at the level of entities such as the Bureau for Public Service Reforms and the Nigerian Communications Commission.
“We attach a lot of importance to the way and manner we collaborate with sister agencies of government to give translation or to ensure the actualisation of that important item of our Strategic Vision Plan which is strategic collaboration and partnership, it explains why we are signing this MoU.
In his response, the Director-General of BPSR, Dr. Dasuki Arabi, revealed that the Bureau decided to work with the Commission in driving the reforms for the adoption of emerging technologies as a result of NCC’s emergence as the first organisation to win the Platinum Award of BPSR, exceeding expectations in the way it conducts its businesses.
“Historically speaking, this partnership had begun in 2016 when the Commission became the first agency of government to undergo the BPSR online Self-Assessment Tool (SAT). Remarkably, at the end of the assessment, NCC emerged as the first agency to be rated Platinum Organisation by the Tool, having exceptionally exceeded expectations in all good practices built around nine domain areas” Dasuki stated.
Underscoring his submission, Arabi said: “Given the successful outcomes of the workshops and conferences NCC organized in collaboration with BPSR on the Distributed Ledger Technologies (the Blockchain) in 2022 in Lagos and Abuja, the MoU is providing a window of opportunity to consolidate efforts to deliver strong and resilient public service that will lead a well-functioning federal system wherein zero tolerance for corruption is made practicable.
“The MoU will also help in fostering a high degree of cooperation between Federal and State governments in improving service delivery and addressing Transparency International Corruption Perception Index to significantly improve a safe and secured environment that encourages economic growth and investment.”
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