The website of the Independent Commission for Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes, www.icpc.gov.ng, has been awarded top of the federal government scorecard for ranking the websites of 220 Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
The Director General of the Office for Public Service Reforms, Dr. Dasuki Arabi, who made the public launch of the 2021/2022 scorecard, pointed out that the main purpose of the scorecard classification is to strengthen the ability of transparency, accountability and good governance of MDAs by providing unrestricted access to public information.
The BPSR, in collaboration with an Inter-Ministerial Task Force, whose members were drawn from key government agencies including Galaxy Backbone, the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Nigerian Internet Registry Association and the National Information Technology Development Agency, revealed the results of an exercise that critically examined MDA websites in Nigeria.
In a statement obtained by our correspondent, ICPC spokesperson Ms. Azuka Ogugua noted that a jury made up of relevant government agencies, civil society organizations, professional bodies, non-governmental organizations and multinational information technology companies, among others, they evaluated websites based on 14 criteria with key performance indicators, including domain string, appearance and aesthetics, content, relevance to MDA/policy mandate, and governance structure.
Ogugua said: “Others are responsiveness, security, loading time, usability, uptime, architecture, availability, interactivity for accessibility of websites.
“ICPC ranked first among its peers, a big jump from the 2019/2020 report that ranked it 29th out of 169 MDAs. This reflects the Commission’s commitment to continuous improvement, as well as the need for constant positive reinvention and harnessing new media tools in the country’s war against corruption.”
The ranking exercise was carried out in accordance with the principles of Executive Order 01 on the Ease of Doing Business, Freedom of Information Act 2011, as well as the Standards and Guidelines for Government Websites of the National Agency for the Development of Information Technology, and the data generated from the exercise has contributed greatly to Nigeria’s position in the global ranking of countries in the United Nations E-Government Development Index survey.
In his remarks at the award ceremony, the Director General of the BPSR further emphasized that the Scorecard was an imperative peer review mechanism to prepare the MDAs, which were the bodies to which the government delivered governance achievements. democratic, for the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.
The scorecard ranking report requires MDAs to use their websites to deliver safe and secure services, effectively communicate government policies, provide unrestricted access to public information, improve efficiency, and ensure compliance with their functions as bodies for the provision of government services.