Nigeria: 132,000 notebooks for Electoral Commission

Abuja — In what appears to be a recurring decimal, the Independent National Electoral Commission has for the second time in weeks issued three Requests for Quotation to manufacturers of computers and other hardware appliances needed for the voter registration exercise expected to commence in January 2011.

The firms that got the RFQs are Nigerian firm Zinox Technology, Chinese-based Haier Electrical Applia-nces Technology and Avante Technology, a U.S. ICT company.

All three will be expected to deliver 132,000 pieces of notebook computers along with other components that will used during the voter registration.

Under the RFQs, Zenox, was asked to submit quotations for 80,000 units for biometric data capture, an increase from the 42,000 units initially awarded to it before the invalidation of original tender process started by INEC two months ago.

Haier Electrical, which was expected to deliver 90,000 units before the cancellation, will now supply 30,000 units while Avante, which previously was dropped for not meeting the Bureau of Public Procure-ment’s criteria, was asked to quote for 22,000 units.

INEC sources said 12 companies applied for the multibillion naira contract, which based on the commission’s budget of $2,000 per unit, is estimated to cost over N40 billion ($264 million), but only three were considered capable after they had made their presentations last week.

It was also reliably gathered that the quotations submitted by the three ICT firms are expected to be screened by the BPP between now and Monday, while the Federal Executive Council may give final approval for the contract during its meeting next week.

It was further gathered that the benchmark for the supply of the DDC machines has been pegged at $1443 per unit, which was the lowest quote submitted by one of the companies.

Other companies will be expected to match the lowest quote, in the process saving INEC $557 per unit or $$73.5 million.

Haier had previously bid $843 per unit, which it did to undercut other companies, with the hope of asking for a contract review as the contract progressed.

But the tactic forced INEC to cancel the entire process and restart it from scratch.

via allAfrica.com: Nigeria: INEC Shortlists Zinox, Haier to Supply Ddc Machines -Signs Contract Next Week.

Nigeria: FCT Judiciary to Begin E-Court System Jan 2011

Abuja — Justice administration within the Federal Capital Territory has assumed a new dimension as FCT Judiciary yesterday said it had perfected plans to commence electronic-Court system from January 2011.

The Chief Judge of FCT, Justice Lawal H. Gummi, who made this disclosure while commissioning a new high court and family court complex at Apo, a suburb in Abuja yesterday, said the system would make it possible for litigants outside the country to file and monitor the progress of their cases via the internet.

Describing the e-court initiative as a novelty, Justice Gummi maintained that the system would further enhance justice delivery in the country, stressing that the computerized legal method was inline with international best practices.

According to him, “judges from 2011 will be assigned to hear cases filed electronically and also determine same through the e-court system.”

Under this system, which is already practiced in countries like Malaysia, litigants can institute their case even from outside the country, select their counsels online, monitor the progress of the case from inception to judgment and a certified true copy made available to them within 24 hours.

via allAfrica.com: Nigeria: FCT Judiciary to Begin E-Court System Jan 2011.

Plans laid for West African Internet Governance Forum

The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and other partners, with support from the Open Society Institute of West Africa (OSIWA) is launching the West Africa Internet Governance Forum. It aims are:

  1. To facilitate Internet policy discussions on a multi-stakeholder platform for issues relating to the development and the governance of the Internet in West Africa.
  2. To increase awareness of Internet governance issues in West Africa
  3. To facilitate the participation of a broad range of West African stakeholders in the IGF process.
  4. To create an opportunity for West Africans to engage in/contribute towards discussions regarding spam, Internet and Security, and other IGF related issues at the global Internet Governance Forum.
  5. To create a systematic, bottom up, national, regional and global policy dialogue process in West Africa.

via FOSSFA on 27 May 2020

Nigerian judge calls for e-administration of criminal justice

Chief Justice Hassan Gummi has called for Nigeria to embrace ICT for the efficient delivery of justice in the country. “Especially now that it is possible to sit anywhere in the country and coordinate crime in any other state of Nigeria, there is need to embrace the Internet as a tool for justice delivery”, he said. Speaking at a summit on expediting the trial of criminal suspects held in Abuja, he asked “ Have we considered for once how our criminal justice administration will be given a boost if, for instance, the office of the Attorney-General can have access to all data relating to the activities of the various agencies by one push of the button?”

He charged the participants to consider the provision and maintenance of a computerized filing system of accurate and timely documented criminal justice information. “The information in this system would include details on wanted persons, criminal history information, missing persons information, information compiled in the process of investigating crimes, including information on identifiable individuals compiled in an effort to anticipate, prevent or monitor possible criminal activity. From this data bank there will be computerized criminal history, automated finger print identification system, incident-based crime reporting system, case information management system and DNA data bank.”

Gummi however stressed that the success for the data bank depends on qualified manpower. “Without training the necessary manpower that will manage and maintain the required systems, our criminal justice system will still be in its present state if not in a worse state”, he ended.

via Okoro Chinedu at ITNewsAfrica.com, 17 Feb 2010

Nigeria battles to control ghost workers

The lack of robust HR and payroll systems administering federal and state government continues to plague Nigerian public expenditure. Bayelsa State government is losing an average of N3.524bn ($24m) annually to ghost workers on its payroll. This development, according to the Director-General of the state’s  Due Process and e-Governance Bureau, Von Kemedi, necessitated the introduction of a biometric exercise to authenticate the actual number of workers in the state’s civil service. The exercise revealed that 11, 696 out of a total of 52,696 workers on the state’s payroll did not exist.

In May last year the House of Representatives Committee on Customs and Excise discovered that about 50 per cent of the 20,000 workforce in the Nigeria Customs Service were ghost workers.

via NigeriaIndependent.com, 10 February 2010

Nigeria postpones electronic voting

Amid public expectations of measures to be taken to bolster the credibility of future polls in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said that it had no expenditure plans in next year’s budget for the much-canvassed electronic voting system. The INEC position, which was expressed by its Secretary, Alhaji Abdullahi Kaugama, at a session on the defence of its N47.212 billion proposed expenditure in the 2010 budget, came against the backdrop of failed attempts by the Commission to adopt the e-voting system for the 2007 general elections.

The elections were adjudged by international and domestic observers to have been largely flawed. Election Petitions Tribunals and the Court of Appeal sitting in different state capitals had voided a number of electoral mandated that were not properly secured.

Kaugama told the Committee on INEC that the Commission did not consider it necessary to make provision for the e-voting in the 2010 budget. He stated that the Commission has in place a system to transmit election results electronically, adding that the e-voting machine is the only missing component.

via Sufuyan Ojeifo of  This Day on allAfrica.com, 10 Dec 2009

Nigeria: Dispute over system for electronic transmission of corruption documents

The Chairman of the Nigerian Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Justice Emmanuel Ayoola yesterday disagreed with the Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics, Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes on the computerisation of the Commission for efficient transmission of both sensitive and non-sensitive documents, especially petitions.

Ayoola said that computerisation of the Commission would not amount to efficiency of the institution and would therefore want the N260 million (US$1.7m) proposed for it in the 2010 budget channeled to the recruitment and training of investigators to deal with the plethora of petitions pending at the Commission. “If you give me N260 million to achieve efficiency at the Commission, I would not use it on computerisation because there are petitions to be investigated and there are no personnel to investigate them.” He maintained that he would rather spend money on recruitment and training of investigators to deal with the several petitions that daily inundate the Commission.

But Chair of the Committee, Senator Sola Akinyede insisted that the Commission must be computerised, stressing that “N260 million is not too much as I believe that the Commission must be modernised. Akinyede, apparently surprised at Ayoola’s position, said: “I insist that you modernize the ICPC. You do not need to get people to be moving sensitive documents from Lagos to Abuja. “Documents can be scanned and sent via the internet and they would be received at the expected destination in less than five minutes. A lot of resources can be saved by this. Besides, it is faster and safer than sending documents by courier, which cumulatively is very expensive. The high cost of courier services can be pruned down and the money channeled into modernising.”

via Sufuyan Ojeifo of This Day on allAfrica.com, 10 Dec 2009

ISPON calls for Nigerian Commission on Software Development

The President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Chris Uwaje, has challenged the federal government to create a more enabling environment for local capacity. He called for the establishment of a National Commission for Software Development, empowered with a professional, specialized, exclusive and executive mandate to facilitate the development of software policy, best practice, standards regulation, market promotion, capacity building and R&D.

He also called for the creation of  Software Knowledge Parks – software engineering development corridors at close proximity to universities and institutions of higher learning nationwide; as well as setting aside 10% of the ETF (Education Trust Fund) facilities for the establishment of a National Software Development Grant to software companies and software start-up firms – with particular reference to train-the- trainer program of software lecturers, amongst others.

via Emeka Aginam at Vanguard on allAfrica.com, 7 Dec 2009

Nigeria plans US diaspora database

The Nigerian Government’s focus on Nigerians living abroad is deepening, as indications have emerged that the National Population Commission (NPC), some Nigerian consulates abroad and the US Census Bureau are set to take their census. Sources revealed that the NPC, after a visit to the US earlier in the year, is considering collaborating with some Nigerian embassies and consulates abroad to begin an official head-count and database of Nigerians living outside the country.

The Nigerian Consul-General in New York, Ambassador Ibrahim Auwalu, confirmed yesterday that the NPC is, indeed, interested to work with the consulate on the issue after the latter recently launched a new Internet database of Nigerians in the US. He said the consulate actually has the official endorsement of the NPC to do that, and is seeking to get the cooperation of the US Census Bureau, which have pertinent information about Nigerians in the US, adding that the outcome of all of this will “form the basis of absentee voting for our compatriots” here in the US.

Apart from the head-count, the database will also register all Nigerian associations and groups, Nigerian-owned businesses, professionals, including law firms, and others.

via Nigerian Compass, 8 Dec 2009

IHP+Results site monitors health aid effectiveness

IHP+Results is an excellent site leading the way in transparent reporting on aid effectiveness in the health sector. It is maintained by an independent consortium contracted to monitor the progress of the  International Health Partnership and Related Initiatives (IHP+).

Launched in September 2007, the IHP+ aims to better harmonize donor funding commitments, and improve the way international agencies, donors and developing countries work together to develop and implement national health plans. It has four main objectives consistent with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness:

  • Develop ‘country compacts’ that commit development partners to provide sustained and predictable funding and increase harmonization and alignment in support of results orientated national plans and strategies that also tackle health system constraints.
  • Generate and disseminate knowledge, guidance, and tools in specific technical areas related to strengthening health systems and services.
  • Enhance coordination and efficiency as well as leverage predictable and sustained aid delivery for health.
  • Ensure mutual accountability and monitoring of performance

The IHP+Results process covers the second phase of the IHP+ from 2009 to 2011.  It will focus primarily on monitoring and evaluating the implementation of commitments set out in IHP+ global compact and in IHP+ country compacts.  The IHP+Results process will be run through an independent North-South Consortium (the IHP+Results Consortium) of research and advocacy organizations, led by Responsible Action, part of the Human|Scale Development Group.

The site currently reports on developments in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zambia. It also tracks the performance of development partners and provides commentary and discussions on the Results Areas it uses to monitor commitments.

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