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FG Leverages On ICT To Identify Saboteurs In Buhari’s Govt – SGF

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Posted: Aug 24, 2016 at 6:38 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Babachir Lawal, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has said that the Federal Government has leveraged on the gains of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to identify saboteurs in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Babachir spoke when he signed on behalf of the Federal Government a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Nigeria and Hauwei Technologies, China.

He said that the Federal Government has deployed ICT in tackling issues of insecurity, insurgency and economic saboteurs known to have fleeced the country several billions of naira.

The SGF, who said that the feat would not have been possible without ICT, noted that Nigerians were keen on developing their ICT skills and would welcome more assistance from the Chinese government.

“The progress made so far in the war against corruption, insecurity and other negative vices would not have been possible without ICT; it has been a major tool in identifying saboteurs in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari,” the SGF said.

Recall that Ibrahim Magu, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had said that the anti-graft agency, working in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Finance and Office of the Accountant General of the Federation recently uncovered 37,395 ghost workers in the federal civil service.

Magu had also hinted that the development had led to the loss of over N1 billion paid to the non-existent workers as salaries.

Babachir also disclosed that a group of young and talented Federal Government employees, who are professionals in ICT, would undertake a two-week training programme in China, courtesy of Huawei.

He said, “I want to commend the company for establishing this ICT training programme. Since 2008, it has been a flagship of corporate social responsibility. This is because, today, we are all living witnesses to the role that ICT plays in our daily lives.

“It is also a major employment enabler and wealth generator for the teeming masses of unemployed Nigerian youths.

“I therefore wish to assure Huawei of the government’s unflinching support for the success of this programme and the government is indeed very grateful.”

In a related development, Qin Jian, Charge D’ Affairs of the Chinese Embassy, said China’s stock investment portfolio in Nigeria has exceeded $12 billion, with the trade volume between both countries deepened at $14.9 million.

Jian said China remained committed to preferentially supporting Nigeria in breaking bottlenecks that have been identified to hamper Nigeria’s industrialisation, agricultural modernisation including lagging infrastructure, shortage of professionals and lack of finance.

He expressed confidence that despite dwindling global oil price and its impact on Nigeria’s economy, there has been a visible resilience by Nigerians to evolve new strategies to fast-track growth and development.