The director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Malam Kashifu Abdullahi, has applauded Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) for launching its Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) platform today at the NIS headquarters, Abuja.
The platform launched by NIS is a key component of any digital transformation strategy and information governance effort, which uses automated techniques to transfer files electronically, manage records regardless of format, maintenance, use and disposition of records.
Abdullahi said the NIS was lucky to have a visionary leader like Comptroller- General Muhammad Babandede who he described as a game changer, focused on moving the service forward through various digital transformation initiatives.
“I have known the comptroller-general of Nigeria Immigration Service for long, he is a man of quality, a game changing leader, not a trailblazer, because he changes things and makes an impact. Whatever he tries to do, he thinks different, and creates value. When I look at the NIS building, I can say immigration is second to none in Nigeria,” he pointed out.
The NITDA boss expressed satisfaction with the ways NIS is using new models to digitise its process for operational excellence, cost saving and efficiency, which according to him is in line with the country’s National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS).
“I am aware that the comptroller-general of the NIS is working on how to use emerging technologies to come up with new business processes that will improve service delivery. He is already working on using Artificial Intelligence for operational basis,” he further pointed out.
While explaining the reasons behind the adoption of paperless operation, the NIS boss said the service wanted to manage electronic files and documents from the CGI’s office down to CG’s office across the country.
He said there was need to adopt EDMS from the traditional records’ management of physical record, pointing out that “EDMS captures records as part of a digital business process.”
He explained that NIS embraced digital transmission of documents, not paper copies that pile up in boxes, storerooms or warehouses so as to create efficiency by improving automation of its activities, providing accurate auditing and applying record schedules reliably.
He also thanked NITDA for what he called unwavering support it has been rendering to all the technology projects carried out by the NIS.