Information Directorate, Youyi Building, Sierra Leone, and Monday 18th June, 2018 -
Representatives of the Public Financial Management Improvement and Consideration Project (PFMICP), a World Bank project under the ministry of finance and economic development (MoFED) donated ICT items to the ministry of information and communication, the rep, Amos Lansana said the equipment is to enhance openness of resources and information to the public.
“The ministry of info and communication is basically the host of the architecture of information, we thought there should be a test environment in the ministry, wherein everything related to the open data portal could be tested, and people will be trained on how to navigate the data portal,” Mr. Lansana said.
According to PFMICP representative, this is a pilot project which will serve as a hub where people in different ministries who need to learn on how to navigate the open data portal will come to have a firsthand encounter. The ministry’s technical people will be abreast with the issues and be in a better position to address the issues of the open data portal, he said.
The Minister of information and communication, Mohamed Swaray, lauded the initiative of the PFMICP; in highlighting the government's commitment to transparency and accountability, he said the President, His Excellency Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio in his last address to parliament, spoke about the need for a unified messaging system (UMS), a portal that will promote transparency and accountability in government.
Mr. Swaray said “government want to push further the boundary of accountability through data, we remain committed to opening governance, I will like to assure you, we will provide the necessary enabling teste environment, and I want to use this opportunity to enjoin my colleagues in other ministries, departments and agencies to make the best use of this project, this is a pilot project, we have to make sure it works at all means necessary.”
The Minister said the equipment are in safe hands and will be used for the intended purpose. He said once this initiative is fully operational, and great dividend harnessed from it, the programme could be rolled out to other parts in the provinces where open data is taking root.
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