President Bola Tinubu, on Monday, backed partnerships with global technology companies to ensure that data from public institutions are accurate and transparent in providing templates on which proper public sector planning and accounting can occur across sectors.
Ajuri Ngelale, the special adviser to Tinubu on media and publicity, said the president again expressed concern about Nigeria’s bloated civil service payroll at the national and sub-national levels while speaking at a meeting in the State House with Andres Arroyo, Global vice president of Oracle.
The president welcomed the company’s commitment to Nigeria’s civil service reform process, adding “Each time they give me the payroll number, I get so frightened.
“Where am I going to get the capital to develop the infrastructure we desperately require if the payroll of one to two percent of the population is consuming all the revenue?
“I think we need a tight technological control that can check and balance all necessary control points of our transaction processes. I’m looking forward to working with Oracle because I have the belief and confidence that you can do it as you have in the past.”
The president also applauded the company’s commitment to assisting in the data management sector and emphasised the need for knowledge transfer through the establishment of academies and training institutions in Nigeria.
The statement said the plans were also aimed at promoting ease of doing business, digital innovation, effective identity management, efficient payroll administration and qualitative citizen-centred service delivery.
President Tinubu cited Oracle’s proven success in the automation of the Lagos State payroll system during his tenure as the state governor and lauded the positive impact of technological solutions in enhancing accountability and expediting timelines for service delivery without sacrificing quality in the process.
“I have tested Oracle and it has worked for our success. In Lagos State, what we did in effective collaboration with you has been copied across the states of the federation.
“We can only build our institutions with accurate data and cutting-edge data management capabilities that are reliable and effective. We can only rely upon our human resources for excellent service delivery to Nigerians if they are well-trained and ready to learn.
“The transfer of knowledge is essential for our nation and the continent. In this government, we believe that the only way to build our country is a bottom-up-approach and from one single sheet of paper, we can create an end-to-end solution for public administration that will rid our service of its worst tendencies in favour of effectiveness and reliability,” the president said.
Arroyo, global vice president of Oracle, proposed a comprehensive digital transformation of work process at the federal level of administration, in order to achieve greater macro-economic visibility; streamline government processes for cost and time savings; and provide the desired skills development opportunities for Nigerians.
“You have shown tremendous practical leadership throughout your career, Mr. President. We have partnered with you and we know how determined you are to achieve all that you set out to achieve.
“This is why we are offering Nigeria a free national diagnostic of the present situation in the public service with a view to dimensioning across sectors the scale of solution required. We look forward to partnering with you again,” the Oracle VP concluded.