FRC, Reps committee partner on digitised reporting for transparency
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) of Nigeria is in partnership with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the House of Representatives to digitise the committee’s operation using a modern electronic document management system.
The council had facilitated the deployment of Globodox Enterprise Electronic Document Management Solution (EDMS) to enable the committee seamlessly carry out its statutory role of ensuring probity and accountability in the nation’s financial system.
The House of Representatives Deputy Majority Leader, Idris Ahmed Wase, who represented the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, presented a plaque to the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of FRC, Daniel Asapokhai, in appreciation of the contribution of FRC at the unveiling of the new digital platform by PAC in Abuja.
“This great feat will certainly go a long way to simplify your operations, reduce task time and enhance the efficiency of the committee to engendering probity, transparency and accountability in our public sector”, Wase said.
The Chairman of PAC, Kingsley Chinda, applauded the FRC for its role in ensuring the digitization of PAC’s documents, affirming that all existing documents, including reports and responses of over 800 government’s agencies, dating back to seven years have been saved.
“Before now, the PAC Secretariat had only three functional computers, a handful of technical and support staff without requisite skills, lack of competences in report writing and poor modern tools such as computers and laptops to effectively and efficiently deliver their jobs.
“PAC now has a fully-installed electronic document management and archiving facility. Henceforth, no hard copies of annual report submissions will be accepted from the MDAs. Likewise all the MDAs will receive PAC’s submissions electronically and make their submissions through the newly-opened website for PAC,” he said.
He disclosed that in making the shift from analogue to digital operations for the committee, series of training programmes were conducted from the level of members to Committee staff, as well as accounting officers of various MDAs.
Asapokhai however, revealed that the FRC was moved to support PAC after noting the difficulty the committee was going through in accessing physical documents submitted by MDAs, a situation that negatively affected its operations.
He pointed out that it is a step in the right direction, which will save the MDAs money, cut down on paper usage and printing costs while bringing efficiency to PAC operations.