Written by Godfrey AKON

FG launches electronic records management project

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, has launched an Electronic Records Management, ERM, platform for the tracking of incoming and outgoing mails in the Ministry.

While launching the platform in Abuja, Ahmed noted that the move was in furtherance of the current administration’s commitment to digitize all government platforms and improve service delivery to Nigerians.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Mohanmmed Isa Dutse, the Minister stated the current administration has a desire to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery, promotion of inter-agency synergy as well as the fight against corruption.

A statement by the Director of Information in the Ministry, Mr. Hassan Dodo, said the Minister expressed confidence that the project would enhance tracking of incoming and outgoing letters, productivity, quality assurance, reduce turnaround time and enhance efficiency in service delivery, adding that it will also ensure the preservation and safety of the Ministry’s documents.

Ahmed said the launch of e-government masterplan such as the Treasury Single Account, TSA, the newly launched Financial Transparency Web Portal, the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, and Bank Verification Number, BVN, were now being implemented and would help government to save cost and fight corruption.

The minister therefore solicited the cooperation and commitment of staff of the Ministry towards the realization of the goals of the project.

Earlier, the permanent secretary, special duties in the ministry, Dr. Mohammed K. Dikwa, said the noble initiative was aimed at addressing the lingering challenges of document management in the service, include inability to track incoming and outgoing mails, data preservation measure, long turn-around time for processing mails, and no existing system for managing projects.

Dikwa noted that the initiative came at the right time when the country and the global economic outlook was increasingly being shaped by digital processes.

He further disclosed that he was convinced that upon complete deployment of the system, the Ministry, and by extension the nation stood to benefit immensely in terms of enhanced productivity, cost reduction of turn-around and time, business continuity and quality assurance.

He urged staff of the Ministry who are end users of the system to prepare for effective implementation of the all-important project if the benefits are to be enjoyed, while calling on the Ministry to ensure seamless implementation of the project to serve as a benchmark for other MDAs.



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