Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State cuts the tape to commission the State's Open Data Portal, the first in Nigeria, with him is the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs Mobolaji Johnson and Mrs Yemi Keri. Managing Director, Information and Communications Technolgy Unit, Edo State.
BENIN CITY - Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has launched open data portal programme with an assurance to eliminate waste and corruption in governance.
Governor Oshiomhole who Launched the portal at the Emporium Centre, JBS Estate, Benin City said the technology will improve transparency, accountability and restore confidence in governance.
He said that part of the problems of government is the absence of information which he noted can run down the effectiveness of any administration.
Governor Oshiomhole pointed out that sively established an information communication Technology (I.C.T) center which was able to eliminate ghost workers in the state public sector as well as identify Pensioners who have not been paid over 30 years.
He added that with ICT, progress has been made in payment of teachers’ salaries and locating schools in the rural areas without teachers which according to him can mar the right investments made on the education sector.
He noted that the essence of investing in ICT is not only to have efficient and accountable government but also create an avenue where the public can have access to governance with accurate in formation on how resources are being spent.
He however, commended Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA) for enacting bill that formally legalized the existence of ICT in the state stressing that it has help in building more durable roads, schools and other infrastructures.
Earlier, ICT state Director Olaymei Kerry disclosed that the essence of the present of other neighbouring states like Osun, Ekiti, Cross River, Rivers and Ondo was to learn from their success on ICT and stated some of the challenges in education, IT Policy, World bank and UN Programme.
Speaking on the theme “Fostering Governance with Technology,” Minister of Communication and Technology, Mobola Johnson and ICT will foster governance with technology in job creation, economic development, increase transparency, reduce cost, enhanced government data and reduced waste and corruption in governance.
She added that even though there is a lot of fraud in internet, open data has a lot of offer in providing digital literacy and transaction in the public sector.
She noted that the National Assembly is yet to pass a bill that will hinge on individuals who commit cyber crimes to be persecuted within the range of 50 years to life imprisonment.
On his part, the World Bank Senior ICT specialist Mr. Jeff Kamplan commended the state Government for their effort to be the 1st to launch an open data porter in Africa stressing that it is a milestone for the state and Nigeria at large.
Mr. Kamplan said open data portal programme being Launched will afford government and civil organizations the opportunity to make capital investments such as building of roads, schools and other infrastructure in the state and open dialogue between the government and investors all over the world.
Meanwhile, the Honourble minister for communication and Technology, Mobola Johnson was at the Government House on a courtesy visit to the governor.
She lauded the efforts of the governor at enhancing the level of infrastructure in the state as well as human capacity development.
She said that government role in ICT has the capacity of enhancing E-Governance and sued for its sustenance.
She therefore called on other states and local governments to emulate Edo State government.
Responding, Edo State Governor thanked and assured the minister that the event of Edo Open data portal will go a long way to further transparency, accountability and reduced corruption to the barest minimum.
The high point of event was a guided four by the governor and his team on facilities displayed by various service providers in the communication industry.
Many dignitaries within and outside the country including members of the Edo State House of Assembly were present at the ceremony.