South Korea to train 22,000 Nigerians in e-Government

Ugo Okoro, Abuja

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Nigeria is looking to improve service delivery by working with South Korea to train 22,000 of its public servants in e-Government.

South Korean envoy, Mr Song Yong-Min said this in Abuja at a presentation of over a hundred certificates to public servants, after an e-government training by the Korean International Cooperation Agency, KOICA.

Nigeria is consolidating on Information Communication Technology to simplify administration in public sector organizations, so as to improve how it delivers services to its own employees, citizens, local businesses and foreign investors.

Though the government has made progress in e-passport processing; drivers licence delivery, company registration and other fields, it wants to move these successes to other areas.

The processes to be improved include public procurement, tax payments, Customs clearance, security and intelligence as well as big data management.

To achieve this, Nigeria turned to South Korea, which has decades of experience in e-governance and is adjudged to be the best in the world in this area of expertise.

The Koreans helped develop Nigeria’s e-governance master plan, a process which started in 2014.

They also drew focus to requirements of e-Government, which include funding and capacity building.

Nigeria has a Vision 2020 plan to reach its national development goals and e-governance is an integral part of it.

However, some factors such as political will, funding and an infrastructure deficit are hampering efforts to meet the deadline in three years.

In spite of this, the Nigerian government and KOICA,  appear determined to continue to strengthen capacity building initiatives, which have gone a long way in enhancing the human capital expected to guide the programme to success.

The Charge d’Affaires of the Korean Embassy, Mr Song Yong-Min, underscores the importance of e-Government to his country, saying it is “one of the areas where Korea is proud of its achievements and also has international recognition.

The ICT industry re-invigorated the Korean economy during the 1900s and 2000s when traditional sectors were already saturated globally.

The efficiency and benefits of this sector also trickled down to the government sector, making it more accountable and capable. Most importantly, it created millions of jobs especially for the young generations.”

Nigeria expects to leverage on that South Korean success, using e-government to raise public confidence by reducing corruption; drive growth with public sector efficiency and become a major player in e-governance by the year 2020.

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