Government to adopt single data base for all MDAs

The Federal Government says it has commenced the process of establishing a single date base for all federal government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the country.
Minister of Information, Labaran Maku announced the new measure on Wednesday in Abuja at the end of the weekly meeting of the Executive Council of the Federation (FEC) held at the council chambers of the state house, Abuja.
Mr. Maku said producing a single date base is aimed at eliminating the practice of duplications in the establishment of data centres by government agencies for government business.
The information Minister also said having a single date base would also help government save the cost of maintaining several data centres.
“Currently, we have a data base that is maintained by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), National Identity Card system etc.,” he said. “We also have banks keeping their own data base for their clients across the country. This is not supposed to be so. We need a central coordination such that the nation can develop one data base that different agencies can subscribe to. 
Mr. Maku said FEC’s decision was based on a draft on a Policy proposal brought by the Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, to coordinate the deployment of ICT facility to government offices.
Mr. Maku said the Federal Government was moving towards a full deployment of ICT in government and that very soon even memoranda could be exchanged online.

He also said The ICT Ministry has included plans for training of government personnel to drive the initiative.

Wednesday’s meeting was chaired by Vice President, Namadi Sambo on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan, who has travelled to Germany on a three-day working visit to Germany at the invitation of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel.
Mr. Maku also said the FEC discussed the issue of nomadic education.
He said council reviewed the outcome of the National Council on Education (NCE) meeting and agreed that after years of implementing nomadic education, there was now need for special Secondary Schools for graduates of the programme.
Mr. Maku also said new curricula for secondary schools, which would take effect from September this year, have been released. 

The Minister also said that as part of the countdown to the one year in office of President Goodluck Jonathan, a media dialogue would commence to sensitize the people of Nigeria on what the administration had achieved within the last one year.

He also said that since governance entails accountability, the media engagement would afford Nigerians the opportunity to get all their questions answered by Ministers.

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