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How Nigeria Used ICT to Save 119 Billion Naira

By Wayan Vota on August 21, 2013


Previously, I wrote about the need for management information systems to understand educational progress in developing countries. While that is sexy, as it shows programmatic impact, there are more mundane uses of management information systems that can have amazing results.

Just read this factoid from Nigeria’s Minister of Communications Technology, Omobola Johnson in her address to 11th International Conference of the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) in Iloko Ijesha in Osun State:

The Minister said eGovernment initiatives had transformed government operations, improving document management and archiving, citizen interaction and efficiencies, and had also assisted in better budget management and significantly improved fraud management. The Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) alone had discovered about 46,000 “ghost workers” and saved the government approximately N119 billion so far.

Yet before you cheer this one success, realize that Nigeria is only 114th of 144 countries on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Networked Readiness Index (NRI) for 2013. So there is still a long way to go and many billions more naira to save.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the Digital Health Director at IntraHealth International. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of IntraHealth International or other ICTWorks sponsors.
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