Bayelsa Moves To Improve e-Governance, Public Service

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The Bayelsa State Government has established an integrated network designed to improve e-governance and efficient public service administration.
The technology-driven network is christened State Integrated Financial Management Information System (SIFMIS).
The SIFMIS is funded by the State Employment and Expenditure for Results Project (SEEFOR), a development platform involving the World Bank, European Union, Federal Government and the Bayelsa State Government, one of the participating states in the project.
Speaking with journalists after a tour of the SIFMIS facilities in Yenagoa last Wednesday, Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government (SSG), Kemela Okara, said that the SIFMIS “is key to the management of governance, which is your financial resources and personnel.”
He said, “Without these two elements, governance will be very limited in what it can achieve.
“So, a system that seeks to integrate and help you manage these two elements–money and persons–is a system that can have a very big impact in helping the restoration government of Governor Seriake Dickson achieve fully all the great and noble objectives that are set out.”
Project managers at Soft Alliance and PPC, Ademola Oladipo and Toyin Ajayi, respectively, who are the implementors of applications and managers of the network infrastructure, took the SSG and members of his team on the tour.
A consultant to the state government on the project, Evelyn Balogun, who described the SIFMIS as “a sustainability tool”, enumerated its benefits to include integrated financial reporting to provide single source for all financial management data; accuracy and timeliness of financial reports and improved government’s liquidity management, fiscal control and decision-making.
Others, according to her, are process improvement and automation (accounting, budget procurement etc); improved planning and budgeting, increased control on budgetary expenditure and strict adherence to budget; support the transitioning of IPSAS accrual accounting; capacity building and provision of stable and secure information technology infrastructure.