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How Nigeria Can Maximise e-government – Huawei

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The Global Chief Public Services Industry Scientist, Enterprise Business Group of Huawei Technologies Co Limited, Mr Hong-Eng Koh, has said that the idea of eGovernance was to satisfy the unwilling customers.


Koh made the submission at the Nigeria eGovernment Summit 2021 in Lagos themed ‘eGovernment Adoption in Nigeria: Opportunities and Challenges’.


“Basically, eGovernment is to make the unwilling citizens willing,” Koh said, stressing the need for Nigeria to centralise government portal to achieve eGovernment.


While everyone is connecting to it for many different reasons, since 20 years ago that the Internet became pervasive, he said security threats and the waves of money were good reasons, but that being user-centric was the most important reason.


“What do I mean by user-centric? If you open a restaurant, when it is not user-centric, you would have to go to many departments: fire safety, registration of business name, environment history and others.


“All of us sitting here, whether Singapore or Nigeria, are all customers of the government,” Koh, known for evangelising collaborative eGovernment, said.


To achieve eGovernment, he explained, Nigeria needs a single portal, as eGovernment satisfies unwilling customers, and not just dreaming on wide imaginations without bringing it to pass.
Koh noted the United Nations’ standard on the stages of eGovernment to include having an Internet, enhancing eGovernment, interacting online, being transactional and citizen-centric, as well as collaborating to make unwilling customers willing.


“You need collaborations between the governments, privates and the citizens,” he emphasised.


Explaining that every government transaction is a means to an end, he said, “With digital transformation, the government can connect the means to an end.”


While emphasising on how eGovernment works in Singapore, Koh said there were many things Nigeria needed to do to transform eGovernment.
“You guys are all experts and professionals in your field. You must think of your own vision. You must think of your own services, how to make your unwilling customers to be willing,” Koh said.


He noted that digital transformation was not just about going online.


“It is not just improving Return on Investment; you have to do more. You have to redefine your vision. You have to redefine your organisations. To do that, you have to satisfy unwilling customers and improve the efficiency of current solutions.
“Data transformation is all about people, location, object, events and organisations. Most projects fail, not because of planning but people,” he said.


Noting that Huawei’s technology can support the Nigerian eGovernment drive, he added, “Technology is only a small part of any transformation. You need people to serve the people. You must be willing to drive change.”


The event was attended by stakeholders from different sectors, including the Nigerian Communications Commission, Federal Inland Revenue Service, States Internal Revenue Services, Lagos State Government, Association of Licensed Operators of Nigeria, Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria, National Information Technology Development Agency, Information Communications Technology companies and other agencies of government

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Delta 2023: Group Congratulates Eselemo, Urges him to enhance Democracy, Good Governance

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Group known as Patani/Bomadi Youth and Leaders Forum (PBYLF) has congratulated Prince  Collins Eselemo on his emergence as the New Nigeria Peoples Party  (NNPP) Candidate for Patani/ Bomadi Federal Constituency in the 2023 polls.


 In a congratulatory message signed by a prominent leader of the Youth body, Mr. Ebimowei Gbafade, the group urged Eselemo  to enhance democracy, good governance,  the rule of Law, human capital, socio-economic and infrastructural development  in the Constituency, and also see it pertinent to extend a hand of fellowship to all individuals and groups, irrespective of Party, ethnic and religious affiliations.


According to him:  “The Patani/ Bomadi  Youth and Leaders Forum (PBYLF)  wishes to congratulate you on your well-deserved emergence as the Patani/Bomadi  Federal Constituency  flag bearer of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).


“Permit us to equally use this medium to enjoin you to enhance democracy, good governance , the rule of Law, human capital, socio-economic  and infrastructural development of the constituency, as part of efforts to  bring the dividends of democracy to door step of the people. 


Speaking further, the Youth Leader said  “ It gives us great pleasure to extend our warmest congratulations to you on your emergence as NNPP  candidate of Patani/ Bomadi Federal Constituency, and we trust that you will continue to work and make sacrifice for the good of the Constituency. We look  forward to work closely with you, in a bid  to strengthen our cooperation, as well as improving  our relationships towards sustainable peace and development in the  Constituency,  State, and Niger Delta region in general”.


Mr. Ebimowei Gbafade reiterated  that the candidacy  of Prince Collins Eselemo  did not come to the constituents  as a surprise, as his sincere aspiration and policy drive on issues of  governance and development is  in tandem with the interest of  various class of Deltans , particularly the people of Patani/ Bomadi Federal Constituency  who have longed craved for his leadership.


“ The People of Patani/ Bomadi Federal Constituency  from all walks of life  indeed need your expertise and unquantifiable experience in politics, governance, leadership and  as a bridge builder to come to play , especially at this critical period of our democracy”.


The Patani/Bomadi  Youth and Leaders Forum (PBYLF) further assured the NNPP House of Representative  hopeful of its willingness to explore areas of mutual interest and cooperation geared towards the consolidation and realization of  his  aspiration through constructive dialogue and engagement, especially on his genuine zeal to engender  human capital development,  promote sustainable peace and development in the Constituency. 


Mr. Gbafade further  applauded the choice of  the NNPP Candidate for Patani /Bomadi  Federal Constituency saying” Your innovation, outstanding performance in politics, leadership, entrepreneurship,  as well as  contributions to humanity have earned you the respect, honor and admiration of  all.

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