In Kano: E-governance to improve working condition -Garba
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
It has been observed that the adoption of e-governance and digitisation by Kano State Government will be the best tool that can ease communication, improve working condition, efficiency and productivity.
This was the resolution adopted at the end of an Executive Training Programme on e-governance put together by Lexington Hub Training Centre, London, attended by the state Commissioners of Information, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the state APC chairman as well as some local government council chairmen.
A statement signed by the state commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, indicated that the adoption of e-governance, which was part of the recommendations at the two-day retreat organized for the commissioners and other top government officials held in Kaduna, is also at the instance of the state Executive Council.
“By so doing, Kano will be among the leading states to be Information and Communication Technology (ICT) compliant, which will help in better decision making, encouraging innovation, allow transparency and accountability as well as boost in business and intelligence activities,” Garba explained.
The commissioner, while contributing during the training session, noted that measures taken by the state government include leveraging the ICT to get biometric data capturing of civil servants, which aid in blocking leakages in the payment of outstanding annual and promotion increments as well as in running government affairs; successful migration of the state television, Abubakar Rimi Television (ARTV) from analogue to digital broadcasting.
His counterpart of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Murtala Sule Garo, while speaking at the event, said the strategy under which the government approached governance in the state was predicated on the principles of openness, transparency, prudence and accountability.
He stated that he would use the knowledge acquired from the training to ensure effective monitoring of incoming and outgoing government transactions for transparency and accountability, blockage of all avenues for leakages and wastage of public funds in local government administration in the state.
Garo said other measures to be adopted include entrenchment of ICT into running the affairs of government as it has proven to be the best tool that can be used to run the administration.
He said it also allows transparency and accountability, which ultimately lead to corruption free and effective governance, automation of internally generated revenue payment and collection processes and repositioning of land administration from analogue to digital, among others.
On his part, the state chairman of APC, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, maintained that effort would be geared toward ensuring effective implementation of e-governance in the state.
Thematic topics of the training facilitated by lead consultant and his assistant, Dr. Antary include the impacts of e-governance on education, health and civil service.