CU Holds Conference on E-Governance
Covenant University concluded a one-day conference on e-governance on Monday, June 9, 2014.
The conference featured two Keynote Speakers; the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, who is an expert in e-governance as well as a Professor of Computer and Information Science and an Associate Professor, and former Dean, Faculty of Communication Technology, Cross River State University of Technology, Calabar, Dr. Etim Anim. The theme, “E-governance in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges for Civic Engagement and Participation.”
The event, which was organized by the university’s Department of Political Science and International Relations under the College of Development Studies, attracted participants from both public and private organizations.
In his welcome remarks during the conference, the Head of Department, Political Science and International Relations, Dr. Sheriff Folarin stated, “As an institution with a long list of internationally acclaimed awards for being ICT savvy, and with a Vice-Chancellor who is a Professor of Computer and Information Science, it is not therefore a coincidence that Covenant University is taking the lead in promoting e-Governance.”
While delivering his lecture, the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University who based his argument on the UN declaration made at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) of 2003; noted that e-Governance is the application of ICT to transform the efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability of exchange of information and transaction.
The Vice-Chancellor further stated that the use of ICT in governance brings morality, reduced-paper-work, transparency, responsibility, accountability, and simplicity through electronic documentation, online submission, online service delivery, etc. Furthermore, he described e-Government as the use of ICT to run the business of Government in a nation.
Professor Ayo described e-Democracy as an element that would encourage e-Engagement, as e-Engagement is considered as the aspect of e-Democracy that offers possibilities for enhanced consultation and dialogue between government and citizens.
Making his presentation at the conference, the second Keynote Speaker, Professor Etim Anim, stated that e-Governance is an enhancer of globalization, while globalization is a competition between one country’s democracy and another’s. He however said that there is a need for quality bureaucracy to channel, govern and enhance the creative energies of a country in other to maximize development.
While defining Governance, he said, “Governance is the exercise of political, economic and administrative authority in the management of a country’s affairs including citizen’s articulation of their interests and exercise of their legal rights and obligations.”
The conference was facilitated by Professor Patience Akpan-Ubong, from the School of Letters and Sciences, Arizona State University, USA; who is a visiting Professor to Covenant University.
Present at the event were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Administration), Professor Taiwo Abioye, Dean, College of Development Studies, Professor Isaiah Olurinola, Deputy Dean, School of Social Science, Dr. Daniel Gberevbie, and senior members of Faculty in the College of Development Studies.