Stories by Olabisi Olaleye
The Institute of Information Management (IIM) has said that the federal government needs to urgently embrace information management, a critical key for good governance and robust economic value.
This was disclosed by IIM recently during a media briefing.
The institute hinted that government should be committed to increasing transparency and access to information, and should therefore, ensure appropriate powers, resources and enforcement procedures are in place to facilitate data and information sharing among government agencies.
The Data Access Intervention Initiative (DAII) is a programme developed by the Institute of Information Management (IIM) aimed at promoting access to information for effective service delivery in the society. Individuals and organisations should have access to information as at when needed, as effective data access will enable researchers, policymakers, technology developers and the public access to information, use and share knowledge for informed decisions.
“This amplifies the focus the Economy needs to have on information management when collaborating to maximize economic recovery. This is not about relinquishing sensitive data. In noting the importance of good data to promote foreign investments, create value, support sound government policy and promote business integrity in the Country. Knowing what you have and where it is will be a sure-fire means to ensuring the protection of sensitive material”.
Speaking at a media briefing, Chairman Governing Council, Dr Oyedokun Oyewole said that government should ensure that all government agencies are held accountable for service delivery by assessing what needs to be done in preparation for plans and decide what choices and risks that will shape those plans.
Said he: “The shape of such an assessment should be to establish a small taskforce with responsibility for developing an action plan; review the current condition of information content and supporting infrastructure in all government agencies and parastatals; and map the output from the review against best practice to identify necessary actions, because the time is now to start preparing for maximum recovery”.
He also disclosed that the institute has launched Medicpurse, a health information and intelligence in monitoring and managing the health of individuals for the ultimate improvement of public health.
“This initiative is expected to create a common platform for participationof individual and various organisations providing different services to the citizens in various sectors of the economy like health and education,which will enable citizens to access thier own data, create a personal profile that they can use or maintain as long as they are alive”, he said.
Glo suscribers hit 30 million
The latest report released by the Nigerian Communications Commission has shown that Globacom, is the fastest growing telecommunication operator in Nigeria, garnering the highest number of subscribers in the first five months of 2015.
According to report, Globacom recorded a total number of 2,263,346 new subscribers in the first five months of 2015. The report published on the regulator’s official website indicated that Glo had 28,219,089 active lines at the end of December 2014 and grew it to 30,482,435 at the end of May 2015, showing an addition of 2,263,346 new customers.
Early in June, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had credited the company with driving the growth witnessed in the Nigerian telecommunications industry in the last twelve months.
The Bureau which quoted NCC’s 2015 first quarter report said Globacom recorded the highest number of new subscribers in the country from May, 2014 to April, 2015 to bring its total subscribers figure to 30.03million. It stated that the monthly growth rate in GSM subscriber figure since May 2014 averaged 0.95 per cent, with Globacom driving the growth.
“The growth in subscribers was mainly driven by Globacom, which recorded an average rate of 1.45 per cent over the period, closely followed by Etisalat with 1.37 per cent and Airtel with 1.29 per cent, while MTN recorded the lowest average monthly growth in subscribers at 0.44 per cent,” the NBS noted in its report.
Source : SunOnline