Organizations and government agencies at all levels need a digital technology driven vision and strategy to excel. Managing Director/CEO, FITC, Chizor Malize during his keynote address at the 2022, Nigerian Risk Leadership Summit & Awards on: Tech’ in Risk Governance & Leadership hosted by Conrad Clark at Victoria Island, Lagos, last week, noted that, integrating digital and tech ecosystems into the visioning and strategy development process strengthens public sector policies and accountability frameworks, enhances transparency and enhances positive social change.
Malize, who was also the Summit Chairperson, Nigerian Risk Awards (NRA), in her keynote address titled: ‘Public Accountability, Transparency and Big Data: Harnessing Information
Technology to drive transformation, drive transparency and enhance positive social change,” urged organizations and government agencies to embrace technology, as it is one of the most critical tools leaders need to explore for the nation building, capacity development, accelerating economic growth and risk. management skills in Nigeria and across Africa.
She explained that although digital technology is growing exponentially, especially in the 21st century, there is still a significant gap in its uptake between developed and developing countries, with less than 25% of sub-Saharan Africa having access to digital services.
This, she says, portends an opportunity for organizations and government agencies to embrace technology as an enabler of effective leadership and governance, and as a driver of public sector accountability to build transparency and drive change. positive social.
“Research has shown that in fostering a technological framework towards effective governance as well as the achievement of national and sustainable development goals in any country, the first effective strategy would be the critical assessment or redesign of the infrastructure technology, to ensure policy alignment with science, technology and innovation (STI) goals,” she said.
Malize said that “with consistency and time, digital technology in governance becomes the most effective instrument to hedge against various economic and other challenges, as technology ecosystems are always expected to not only help organizations and government in their programs, but also propel the achievement of their vision and strategic objectives.
Speaking further on the use of technology to achieve government goals, Malize pointed out that in order to achieve and improve the country’s technological capabilities for innovation in leadership and governance, the implementation of practical research, data analysis and feasible technical experiments of educational institutions such as FITC to address past or present barriers are essential and that the proper development of the right policies fostering technology ecosystems is also beneficial in the long term.
Regarding Nigeria and e-governance, Malize opined that while the government is currently using information and communications technology to improve the range and quality of information and services provided to citizens, businesses, societal organizations civilian and other government agencies in an efficient and cost-effective manner. and practice, government processes also become more transparent and accountable, which strengthens our democracy. This move towards e-governance is fundamentally a move towards SMART governance involving: simple, moral, accountable, responsive and transparent governance,” she noted.
In his welcome address, Joachim Adenusi, Managing Partner and Managing Director of Conrad Clark Nigeria Limited and organizer of the Nigerian Risk Awards, noted that governance has been discussed and overemphasized over the past two years.
“Private and public sector organizations and stakeholders spoke about the importance of good governance in nation building. For me, good governance is about ownership, accountability, transparency and integrity. I have observed that people who are unwilling to be accountable cannot be responsible, and those who are willing to take responsibility must be willing to be accountable.
“When a sense of responsibility and accountability are combined, it creates a sense of transparency and compels one to display a level of integrity,” he said.
The Nigerian Risk Awards and Leadership Summit (NRA), now in its 6th edition, was established to recognize and reward organizations and individuals who have achieved measurable results through good governance, internal controls and reporting systems. risk management. In particular, the NRA aims to celebrate those who have developed creative and innovative solutions to overcome the challenges facing their businesses and organizations.