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G20 Summit: N/Assembly committed to pro-people laws — Barau

The Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, has assured the global community of the commitment of Nigeria’s National Assembly to review the country’s laws to address…

The Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, has assured the global community of the commitment of Nigeria’s National Assembly to review the country’s laws to address the challenges facing the country.

Senator Barau stated this at the just concluded ninth G20 Parliamentary Speakers Summit in New Delhi, India, while speaking on the topic: “Transformation in people’s lives through public digital platforms: The Nigerian Experience.”

He noted that as developed countries had gone far in the use and operation of digital technology, developing countries like Nigeria were also tapping into the global trend, hence providing vast opportunities to the citizens.

In a statement by his media aide, Ismail Mudashir, Barau said, “Nigeria has diligently invested in digital infrastructure, established robust cyber security frameworks and implemented digital identity systems.

“From 2015 to date, the federal government has deployed e-government platforms like the Treasury Single Account (TSA), Integrated Personnel and Payment Information System (IPPIS), Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), Bank Verification Number (BVN), among others.

“In addition, Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) like BudgIT, Dataphyte and the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) use digital platforms of various kinds to monitor and track government budgeting and procurement processes.”

He added that the government was also working with agencies and CSOs towards fully embracing the global Open Government Partnership initiative.

He noted that Nigeria’s experience of transformation through public digital platforms stood as a testament to the nation’s resilience, adaptability and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of its people.

He said, “The 10th Senate is committed to reviewing our country’s laws to address the challenges, not only in ICT, but in all sectors of the Nigerian economy.

“To this effect, we are ready to partner with other members and participants of this Ninth P20 Summit and G20 Parliamentary Forum to maximise the prospects of globalisation embedded in the effective utilisation of ICT infrastructure for the mutual benefit of our countries.”

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