Power House of the MEGA Agenda Revolution of the Obaseki-led administration – Nigerian Observer

The Information Communication ICT agency, which has won Edo State various local and national awards for ICT development, e-governance implementation and broadband penetration plans and programs, has fulfilled its tenure as the engine of revolution of Governor Godwin’s MEGA agenda. Obaseki headed the administration.
This was revealed this weekend by Mr. Goodluck Igbinedion, Managing Director, ICT, Agency during the sixth session of the webinar series by the Edo State Ministry of Communication and Guidance in collaboration with the Edo Media Connect forum on the theme, E-Governance and the Civil Service Transformation Agenda: A Catalyst for Institutional Reform in Edo State.
He said the ICT agency’s mandate is to provide a one-stop shop for all technology solutions, partner with government departments and agencies, store government data and automate government processes and to strengthen the electronic literacy of the civil service and its employees, adding that in terms of implementation, the ICT agency has developed the EdoGov program to automate all government operations.
“This program has various approaches grouped under three headings, networked government and accessibility, government presence and open source electronic citizen participation and collaboration and data capture, preservation, privacy and security. The EdoGov program has enabled accessible, transparent, accountable and responsive centralization of all government operations to improve decision-making, improve public administration and contribute to inclusive democratic practices.
“The government is moving quickly to connect all ministries, departments and agencies in a fully centralized process and VPN is currently being installed to complete the connectivity of all public institutions in Edo State. In addition to ensuring the integration of all administrative operations, business processes, reporting, human resources activities of ministries and departments and agencies, the ICT Agency also provides broadband connectivity, digital equipment, the document management system, the integration of staff and the training of all civil servants.
“It’s about ensuring a seamless and rapid flow of information across the ecosystem, expanding access to communication, promoting smooth and coordinated knowledge creation within the structures of the civil service, enable rapid risk assessment and encourage interoperability of systems and processes.This approach is now being extended to local government areas and so far ten proof-of-concept community rural telephony projects have been in place with ongoing surveys to assess density for effective deployment,” he added.
According to him, the presence of the government through the open-source e-citizen to ensure transparency, participation and collaboration required the incorporation of a user interface in the enterprise resource planning tool (ERP ) to involve civil servants in planning and decision-making across government structures and work is underway to introduce more open source tools and applications into government.
Mr. Igbinedion maintained that the Edo State government has a three-tier data management system with full data management coverage and backup, cloud solution and security, data center data warehousing in Benin with an up-to-date data management model and to ensure effective security and management. of this repository, the system infrastructure is reliable and administered by certified data personnel with up-to-date knowledge of legal, regulatory, ethical and technical issues in management, availability, integrity, security and confidentiality Datas.
The second webinar speaker, Precious Imuwahen Ajoonu, Managing Director of the John Odigie Oyegun Public Service Academy, argued that the knowledge economy and information society are at the heart of the Obaseki-led administration’s MEGA Agenda, therefore the John Odigie Oyegun Public Service Academy developed the EdoSTEP program and adopted three functional approaches to drive its cultural transformation program in the public service of Edo State. They include pedagogical approaches, performance management and institutionalization.
“On educational reform approaches, the Civil Service Academy has developed a system to assess the prior skills of staff of ministries, departments and agencies in Edo State to identify their learning needs and to develop tailor-made content to meet these needs.In addition, a post-training evaluation measure is introduced as part of the performance management approach to ensure the effectiveness of evidence-based training of civil servants.
“Therefore, a system of peer-to-peer learning, train-the-trainer and infusion of trainers from different communities of practice is implemented in a cultural atmosphere of unlearning and relearning. The development of ICT labs and an e-learning management system in collaboration with the ICT Agency is underway to shape and advance these initiatives,” she added.
“The performance management reform approach has enabled the use of the scorecard as a tool to measure performance against established benchmarks for cultural transformation and the goal is to create a culture of high performance, to instill a reward mechanism for improving cultural behaviors and codifying processes This reward system is piloted in collaboration with the department head On the institutional approach, the Academy of Public Service codifies its processes by working on an enabling law and developing an operational piece,” she noted.
The two speakers, Precious Imuwahen Ajoonu and Mr. Goodluck Igbinedion urged citizens and residents of Edo, both at home and in the diaspora, to support the e-governance initiatives of the Obaseki-led administration with a view to bringing dividends of democracy to the people of Edo.
In his summary of the event which featured questions and answers from participants from the diaspora and across the country, the chairman of the planning committee, Dr. Ikpenmosa Uhumuavbi, said that the fundamental objective of the administration led by Godwin Obaseki to transform the civil service system was recounted by both speakers and essential to this mission is the maintenance and enhancement of democratic processes in the state civil service within the context of opportunities and challenges that the information society brings

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