Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has again stated the importance of Information Management as a keystone of good governance. He states this during the 4th Annual Lecture, Induction and Awards of the Institute of Information Management (IIM) tagged “Leveraging on Proper Information Management as Basis for Promoting Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance in Nigeria”. The Minister who was represented by Assistant Director, Planning, Research and Strategy, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), Ralph Anyacho said proper information management “will ensure that data and information can be appropriately shared or reused by agencies, individuals, public sector staff, the community or industry for better and improved services. A number of policies are in place to give direction to information management. The policy framework include; National framework for the implementation of science and technology information policy; National policy on Information Resources and Services; National Documentation and Information Centre for Science and Technology (NADCEST); Nigerian Communications Act, 2003 which applies to the provision and use of all commuications services and networks, either in whole or in part within Nigeria or a strip or aircraft registered in Nigeria; and the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy 2012 which harmonized all the policies in ICT sector into a single ICT Policy.”
The Minister while presenting a paper titled “Proper Information Management as Basis for Promoting Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance in Nigeria” spoke on the vast opportunities provided by e-government to enhance ICT in government and administration, driving e-government with connected government, informed citizenry, open government/open data initiatives, broadband deployment, and government ICT intervention. “A key aspect of information management dessigned to bring about transparency, accountability, efficiency and good governance is e-governance. A common feature of e-government is the automation or computerization of existing paper-based procedures to enhance access to and delivery of government services to the citizens.”
On his part, President/Chairman Governing Council of Institute of Information Management (IIM) Dr. Oyedokun Oyewole stressed the zeal of the Institute to ensure that Information Management profession is accorded the right respect and position in the society. “Giving Information Management profession its accorded respect and position in the society will go a long way, as information is a force required to power our economy and democracy. Successful societies and economies depend on well managed information, which will ultimately ensure information is appropriately shared while maintaianing essential protection for those on whose behalf information is held.”
As government continues to deal with data capturing and storage under the auspices of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Nigeria Population Commission (NPC) as well as SIM Registration process with Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Oyedokun Oyewole emphasise on the dependability of Federal Government of Nigeria on the availability of good quality information about decisions and actions. He said “the Federal Government of Nigeria today is faced with massive amounts of data that they must process, harmonise and intergrate in order to meet mission requirements and deliver relevant, consistent, and current information to other government entities and the constituentss they serve. Accountable governance, the fight against corruption, and improved service delivery depend upon the availability of good quality information about decisions and actions. Poor quality data, information and records will lead to missed opportunities to maximize the full value of publicly funded projects and programs.”
The occasion witnessed the presentation of Record and Information Management Awareness (RIMA) Awards to Channels Television, Golden Scepter Limited, Akinfolarin Stephen Badamasi Fatima, Charles Kidega and Ige Oluwaseun Ayodeji.
It is hoped that with partnership between the Institute and government plus private sector involvement in proper informationa management, Nigeria and indeed Africa will be able to tap into the enormous advantage provided by super Information Management by leveraging ICT for development.
By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde