As a build up on the post on digitizing the Nigerian government, this here is to give some additional details on how the government can raise a team of technology professionals at a mild expense of under 300 million naira per year within the next 3 years.
The Special Information Technology (SIT) 50 Task Force
From recent projects embarked on by the Nigerian government, one could tell that there are concerns about technology development in the country. However, it is important that the Federal Government (FG) spearheads this drive for technology adaptation within itself for starters. It is as simple as saying “practice what you preach”, “lead by example”.
Tons of government processes are painstakingly slow due to lack of technological adaptation by the FG. Interestingly, the kinds of technology needed to accelerate these processes are not even close to rocket science; but largely within the skill set of Nigerian technology experts in the country. It is better we start this NOW, rather than delay the inevitable.
We must begin to extend & modernize current government ICT infrastructure; with example models such as the UK and US e-Government strategies, the Nigerian government too can develop a single, unified government portal that will be capable of sharing public administration data openly.
Problem: Lack of empowered Technology experts within the government civil service
Beneficiary: The Nigerian government, Federal Ministry of Communication Technology and Nigerians.
Proposed by: Tomi Orunmuyi, ICT & Media Expert (Msc Telecommunication Systems Management – Queen Mary University of London, BSc Electrical Engineering- University of Ilorin)
Idea Status: Pitch
HOW DOES IT WORK?
This proposition is to have the FG recruit a set of 50 technology professionals into the federal civil service with the aim of modernizing government processes by building new technology services using existing ICT infrastructure. The team will be expected to grow over the years and subsequently have some of its members absorbed into other government arms/agencies such as the Police, Revenue Service, etc
Eligibility: Only Nigerian indigenes with relevant technology experience & proven performance track records within the private sector, both home and abroad.
Organogram: The task force will be employed by the federal ministry of communications technology but report directly to the presidency in order to avoid unwanted hindrances such as unnecessary bureaucratic processes, politics and so on. The SIT task force will comprise of 50 professionals organised into four (4) units, each with team leads reporting to the Director of the task force.
The technical members of the task force will be placed across three (3) levels described below:
1. Specialist: These are absolute specialists in specific fields of interest and would mostly function as team leads. At least 8 years of relevant experience with a remuneration of 12 million per annum.
2. Senior Technology Expert: At least 5 years of relevant experience with a remuneration of 6 million per annum.
3. Junior Technology Expert: At least 3 years of relevant experience with a remuneration of 3 million per annum.
The units are described below:
1. Networking: This team is responsible for networking infrastructure for voice and data platforms. It will also have a sub unit responsible for IT security.
Size: 7 || (Team lead) Specialist (1)- 12m, Senior Tech (3)- 18m, junior tech (3)- 9m
ii. IT Security: these will be IT security professionals with certain members holding certifications similar or equivalent to CCIE security.
Size: 5|| Specialist (1)-12m, Senior Tech (2)- 12m, junior tech (2)- 6m
Team size: 12
Budget Per Annum: 69 million naira
2. Software development: This team will be made up of developers and testers, and responsible for back-end and front-end elements of technology platforms.
Size: 9 || (Team lead) Specialist -12m, Senior Tech (4)- 30m, junior tech (4)- 12m
ii. Database Administration: This sub unit will be made up of data acquisition, design & development. Responsible for collating and conversion of data formats, development of data structures, queries, and data optimization.
Size: 9 || Senior Tech (3)- 18m, junior tech (6)- 18m
Team size: 18
Budget Per Annum: 90 million naira
3. Information Systems: The team would comprise of General IT, Project Management, trainers, media & design.
Size: 7 || (Team lead) Specialist -12m, Senior Tech (3)- 18m, junior tech (3)- 9m
ii. System administration: These will be responsible for hardware setup and maintenance, system analysis, Facility management, and other system administration duties.
Size: 6 || Senior Tech (3)- 18m, junior tech (3)- 9m
Team size: 13
Budget Per Annum: 72 million naira
4. Administration & Planning: This team will handle Human resource management, general administration, planning & logistics. Admin (2)- 6m, Procurement (2)- 6m, Drivers (2)-1m
Team size: 7
Budget Per Anum: 28 million naira
Total wages: 259 million naira per annum
Other costs: Rented Office space (Abuja & Lagos), Workstations, Fleet vehicles (2), maintenance, running costs. Estimated at 41 million naira
Expectations within a year, the team will enable the ability to:
• Register a company online. Just like in the UK, it can be done in less than 24 hours without showing up physically- I did this myself
• Make Tax payments, government levies, traffic fines, etc., online without the need to show up physically at an office
• Perform company checks online at an affordable fee, to protect investor interests.
• Implement a unified government portal, to share public administration data openly.
• Implement a robust government Unified Communications System supporting IM, mail, voice and video communications.
Others areas to be aggregated and standardised are:
Population registries – individuals’ addresses
E-Health – personal health data / records, doctors’ licenses, prescriptions issued, health insurance cover
Social insurance registries – individuals’ benefits and claims
Land registries – address data
E-Police – traffic violations, missing persons and fugitives
Vehicle and driver registries – licences, traffic insurance coverage
Educational registries – educational records
Unemployment data – benefits and claims
Migration board – documents data
Full impact potential: Modernize the government’s public administration, taking services online and aggregating and standardizing them to gain efficiency.
Funding: The Nigerian Government || Collaboration with Private companies through CSR || Crowdfunding
Other interesting facts: According to the United Nations E-Government survey in 2014, The Republic of Korea ranked first in global e-government due to its continued leadership and focus on e-government innovation. It was overtaken by the United Kingdom in 2016.
Mauritius is the top performer in Africa, and ranked 58th worldwide. Nigeria is not in the top 10 ranking for Africa, and behind countries like Seychelles, Egypt, Botswana & Kenya.
Written by: Tomi Orunmuyi