After we pointed out the huge embarrassment in the 2016 budget where over 1 billion naira was reserved for the “maintenance” of two websites, the minister of Solid Minerals Development has released a press release in order to “breakdown” the outrageous 795,234,275 naira budgeted for one of the websites.
POSITION OF THE MINISTRY OF SOLID MINERALS DEVELOPMENT ON 2016 BUDGET
The attention of the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development has been
drawn to social media reports concerning an aspect of the proposed 2016
budget line item of the Ministry with the description “Website Update”.
The Ministry has been inundated with requests from well-meaning
Nigerians seeking clarifications on the N795,234,275.00 purportedly
budgeted for the website update.
In preparation for the 2016
budget, a clear gap highlighted in the work of the Ministry was the need
to improve the IT infrastructure and adopt appropriate technology to
automate the operations of the Ministry and its agencies.
number of activities were conceived by the Ministry to address these
gaps. These include the acquisition of adequate ICT infrastructure to
ensure all required data and business processes are efficiently,
effectively and transparently handled. It also involves automation and
management of the mining rights/titles with on-line application
processing, status tracking and open section for verification of valid
This is to be done through the deployment of an
Enterprise Resource Planning Solution across the 10 agencies and 12
departments under the Ministry.
These were submitted to the
Budget Office, which summarized it as “WEBSITE UPDATE” which is only a
tiny component of the project. This is an error of description. The
budget line was intended to address the overall ICT infrastructure
improvement in the Ministry and its agencies.
Ministry of Solid Minerals Development