Corruption: Nigeria to digitise more government processes

Adoba Echono, Abuja


Nigerian government to digitise government processes to curb corruption and other financial crimes.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated this in Abuja at a seminar on China-Africa Cooperation in Information Technology.

He said that digitising the process of governance would ensure transparency in the country.

Osinbajo added: “We can leverage on the cooperation we have with China, we want to work with China to develop the economy.”

Professor Osinbanjo noted that Nigeria was expecting more foreign direct investment from China.

He stated that Nigeria was open for business with the Asian giant, stressing that Nigeria was willing to collaborate with China in the areas of rail transport and power generation.

The Vice President, who stressed the importance of broadband penetration, noted a 10 per cent improvement in broadband had brought about one percent increase in the nation’s gross domestic product.

Professor Osinbajo was represented by his Special Adviser on Information and Communication Technology, Mr. Lanre Osibono .

New measures

The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjian stated that the two countries had recorded much progress since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperative held in December, 2015.

He added that China remained committed to stepping up cooperation with Africa in Information and Communication Technology and digital economy within the FOCAC framework.

He said: “The FOCAC Beijing Summit which will hold September this year will unveil new measures for China-Africa all-around cooperation in the next stage and open up new prospects for common development.”

A communiqué at the end of the conference urged Africa to learn from China’s success in the area of global trade and the roles played by firms that contribute to its GDP.

The conference also urged Nigeria and other African countries  to invest in the future through massive investment on communication infrastructure that will include governments and private sector on ICT.
 The communique read: “Nigeria should leverage on ICT in its quest towards attaining sustainable development, especially in its Human Capital Development and in all other sectors as being propagated in the diversification policy and Economic Recovery and Growth plan of the current Administration.”
The seminar on China-Africa Cooperation in Information Technology. and Digital Economy was organised by the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs  and the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria.