The Ministry of Finance, Funds, and Nationwide Planning, and different authorities businesses have budgeted N11bn on pc software program within the 2023 price range which was not too long ago signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Ministry of Finance, Funds, and Nationwide Planning, will spend the most important quantity on software program in 2023 because it budgeted N9 billion for the asset.
This was adopted by the Nigerian Meteorological Company, which is to spend N920 million on software program acquisition this yr.
Based on the signed price range, the State Home below the Presidency is to amass pc software program with the sum of N237.2 million, whereas the Workplace of the Vice President is to purchase software program value N96.6 million.
The Workplace of the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation (OSGF) is to spend N239 million on the merchandise this yr.
Additional evaluation of the price range doc confirmed that the anti-graft company, Financial and Monetary Fee (EFCC) is to spend N200 million on software program, whereas the Ministry of Works and Housing budgeted N174.9 million for the merchandise.
The Ministry of Training plans to amass software program valued at N169 million. In the identical vein, the Nationwide Id Administration Fee (NIMC) budgeted N159.6 million for the non-tangible asset.
The Ministry of Defence is allotted N150 million to spend on the acquisition of software program this yr as its Data and Tradition counterpart budgeted N93.5 million.
The Ministry of Transport is to spend N40 million on the asset, whereas the Communication and Digital Financial system Ministry budgeted N18 million.
In the meantime, the annual ritual of budgeting billions of naira for software program upgrades continues amidst critical considerations by Nigeria’s ICT stakeholders that this facet of the price range by MDAs constitutes a serious channel of siphoning public funds.
An IT skilled, Mr Adewale Adoye stated the nation’s financial system may gain advantage from the annual price range for software program by the federal government if half of the cash is spent on native software program.
“One main drawback with the annual price range for software program by the MDAs is that the cash is just not being pumped into the financial system. A lot of the businesses nonetheless desire to import software program even in instances the place there are regionally developed ones that might do the identical factor. So, a lot of the funds that might have been used to encourage native builders and develop the nation’s software program business are going into different nations as we proceed to import software program,” he stated.