Nigeria Government To Spend N7.53 Billion On 109 Digital Projects

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The Federal Government has said it plans to spend about N7.53bn on digitisation and computerisation projects in 2022.

According to the 2020 Appropriation Bill, the amount will be expended on 109 digital projects.

The projects range from digital medical references for the State House Library to computerisation of staff records of different departments.

Seven digital projects have been proposed by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy Headquarters.

A digitisation project in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing got the highest budget allocation of N442.43m. It involves the establishment and operations of a comprehensive Federal Government landed property database management system, including the creation of digital infrastructure for real-time online preparation, execution and perfection of certificate of occupancy.

The digitisation of records and registries would cost about N739.10m.

It was reported in August that the Chairman of the House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee, Oluwole Oke, said there was a deliberate move by the government to reduce the number of paper document exchange in ministries, departments and agencies.

He said then that his committee noticed that MDAs dumped huge volumes of documents at the secretariat to avoid proper scrutiny.

Oke said to address some of the issues, the PAC and all its interfacing stakeholders would no longer deal with hardcopy documents.

– Punch

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