In order to guarantee that public sector planning and accounting are based on accurate and transparent data, President Bola Tinubu has voiced his support for cooperation with global technology businesses.
Tinubu made this remark on Monday at a meeting with Mr Andres Arroyo, Global Vice President of Oracle, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, according to a statement released by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
The President of Nigeria thanked Oracle for their support of the ongoing public service reform process and the country’s data management industry, and he stressed the importance of establishing more academies and training institutes to facilitate better knowledge transfer.
He stated that the government’s goals included making it easier for businesses to operate, fostering digital innovation, improving identity management, streamlining payroll processing, and providing high-quality services with a focus on the needs of citizens.
The President praised the good impact of technological solutions, namely Oracle’s track record of success in automating the Lagos State payroll system, on increasing accountability and shortening service delivery times without compromising quality.
In my experience with Oracle, it has proven to be vital to our success. What we accomplished in Lagos State with your help has now been replicated in many other Federation states. Only with trustworthy and efficient data management tools at our disposal can we develop the institutions of the future.
Only if our human resources are effectively trained and open to new information will we be able to rely on them to provide superior service to the people of Nigeria. Knowledge sharing is crucial for the development of both our country and the continent.
The President stated, “In this administration, we believe that the only way to build our country is a bottom-up approach, and from one sheet of paper, we can create an end-to-end solution for public administration that will rid our service of its worst tendencies in favor of effectiveness and reliability.
Whenever they give me the payroll amount, I become so worried,” Tinubu said, referring to the enormous payroll of the country’s national and subnational civil service. If all the money is going toward paying the salaries of the top 1% to 2% of the population, where am I supposed to find the money to build the critically needed infrastructure?
I believe we require a stringent technical control that can check and balance all relevant control points in our financial dealings. I’m excited to work with Oracle because I know you can succeed, just as you have in the past.
In his speech, Arroyo advocated for a complete digital transformation of government operations at the federal level.
Arroyo claimed that by doing so, macroeconomic transparency would increase, government processes would be streamlined to save money and time, and more possibilities for skill development would be made available.
“Mr. President, during your career you have demonstrated outstanding practical leadership. We’ve worked with you and seen firsthand how focused you are on reaching your goals.
To help Nigeria better understand the scope of the problem and how to implement a nationwide solution, we are providing a free national diagnostic of the state of the public service. Arroyo stated, “We hope to work with you again in the near future.”