Ugandans will now experience better government services as their government has taken up an e-governance infrastructure.
This program has been commissioned by the National Information Technology Authority (NITA). The system is aimed at guiding government ministries, departments and agencies while implementing projects.
The Information Technology project management methodology lists out the governance structures which the executing bodies should have in place before enterprising any project.
Ugandan ministries are required to defend why such projects should be applied, the expected outcomes, the project’s development processes and compile project reports to simplify decisions making.
The executive director of NITA-U, Mr. James Saaka, said that the authority had come up with this system focusing on government research and analyses from unsuccessful information technology projects which were now termed as “white elephants” where lots of money has been injected.
Mr. Saaka added that when implemented, the methodology would impose the formation and application of structured processes, procedures and practices which will ensure consistency in design, execution and governance of projects in ministries, departments and agencies.
He believed that the system, among others, will also reduce the duplication of services among government institutions because it will develop a centralized data base which the institutions will want to use from time to time therefore minimizing wastage of resources.
“Look at banks, the National Social Security Fund, Immigrations passport control, the recent Sim Card registration, national ID project, the national census… All these need to identify the citizens but how can they do without a national databank? This forces these institutions to carry out their out identification programmes because some institutions have gone ahead faster than others,” said NITA-U executive manager.
He said the methodology does not require any changes because all projects that require computerised systems to store and process data have standard operational standard