News spread across the country jut some few days back that the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), in 2017 appropriated and spent N65million on its website.
A review of the 2017 budget performance of the OSGF revealed that N65 million was budgeted for the already existing website while the office claimed that N64,855,875, the amount released, had been fully utilised.
In a statement signed by its Director of Information, Lawrence Ojabo, the Office of the Secretary of the Government of the Federation, explained how N65million was spent on a website, adding that the website is currently undergoing a redesign and upgrading.
According to PREMIUM Times, the statement read:
“For purposes of clarification, the existing website, the screenshot of which was published by Premium Times, is undergoing redesign and upgrading to bring it in conformity with modern technology and requirements of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.“The OSGF is a critical hub of government that maintains a very high sense of accountability and transparency in all its transactions. The new website will further strengthen this core value as it will be built on the newest web technologies language, will be secured, fully managed locally, and hosted on a dedicated server. A new server infrastructure will be installed.”
The office also mentioned that part of the funds will be disbursed to train 50 people that will be involved in the management of the website, but did not provide details of how 50 people will manage a website.
“The consultants to the project will in addition train not less than 50 officers that will facilitate timely updates and ensure very robust content management system,” Ojabo said.
The office also provided information on specific components expected of the redesigned website.
Noting that the new website will come up in few weeks’ time, Ojabo said due process was followed in the award of the contract for the website.
“The award of the contract for the website followed the pre-requisites of the Public Procurement Act 2007, before it was awarded on October 17, 2017. The emphasis of the OSGF under the leadership of Boss Mustapha on value for money and judicious application of public resources will never be vitiated for any reason.“It is expected that the new website will meet the expectations of a highly sophisticated, dynamic, online-savvy media-consuming public. This is in line with the civil service reforms strategy which calls for greater openness, transparency, and public responsiveness in Government agencies in their delivery on policies and programmes.“Accordingly, the new website when completed in a few weeks will include more windows, platforms, and links to various agencies to enable citizens, interested persons in the business of Government from around the globe to interact more easily with Government organizations and officials, provide an effective management information system and enhance public participation and ownership of Government programmes and policies.”