Thursday, September 22, 2016

IGR tops agenda @e-PPAN eGovt summit … CBN, others buy-in

All is now set at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, for the fifth e-Government Summit by the Electronic Payment Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN), with the top on agenda being the nation’s dwindling Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), reports ITRealms.

This is coming as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government officials alongside thoughts leaders, executives and players in the electronic payment industry are gearing up for the summit next Tuesday, reports ITRealms.

A press statement made available to ITRealms, the organisers said the summit is ready to play host to over 150 delegates made up of strategist, policy-makers and leaders’ at the two-day event.

The E-Government Summit is an annual event that provides a pedestal for the public and private sector to dialogue with each other on a topical issues revolving around developments in electronic payment space with bias for public sector.

The 2016 Summit with the theme: ‘Attaining Increased Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR), Efficiency and Accountability through Smart Innovations,’ provides yet unique opportunity for stakeholders to dialogue and share ideas on how to leverage and harness smart technologies with positive strides to increasing the nations’ IGR.

According to the statement signed by, the forum will focus on areas that can foster innovative ideas on how the government can use revenue generation, data management, opportunities on shared infrastructure, reduce capital costs and operating overheads to build a nation that is self-reliance.

“This years’ summit will cover topics such as Increasing IGR, for Government MDA’s through Implementation of Smart Solution; Delivering Innovative Citizen-centric Services using ICT; Adopting the Financial Inclusion Roadmap for Improved Economy and Good Governance; Smart Government through Shared Services Model; Data Integration and Analysis, for Strategic Economic Development amongst others,” the organisers said.

Already, E-PPAN has unveiled a database of confirmed speakers at the event, including the Acting Director, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Vincent Olatunji; Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC); Boboye Oyeyemi; MD, Galaxy BackBone, Mr. Yusuf Kazaure, among others.

They also include MD, Nextzon Business Services, Mr. Macauley Atasie; Former CBN Deputy Governor, Mr. Tunde Lemo; MD, Knowledge Resources, Geradine Llukwe; MD, Visual Earth Ltd., Dr. Nicholas Allo; Senator Ayo Arise; CEO, Interswitch, Mr. Mitchell Elegbe; Head, E-Government, NITDA, Ben Ewah; Co-founder/Lead Partner, Budg IT, Mr. Olusegum Onigbinde; Head, Financial Inclusion Secretariat, CBN, Temitope Akin-Fadeyi and the Division CEO, Interswitch Financial Inclusion, Mike Ogbalu III.

Speaking in the statement, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Secretary, E-PPAN,  Mrs. Onajite Regha, said the summit will host a special Smart City Forum anchored by NITDA.

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