…As Kyari ‘s automation drive fetches $1milllion , others
By Musa Baba Adamu
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited and the Group Chief
Executive Officer (GCEO), Malam Mele Kyari, have won the 2023 Nigeria GovTech
Awards for exceptional service delivery in the public sector.
The Nigeria GovTech Awards were given by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms
(BPSR), an agency under the Presidency in aid of federal government’s initiative
designed to bring governments at the federal, state, local levels, and actors in the
technology industry together to discuss and identify new ways and emerging
trends in which ICT could be used to transform public service and improve the
general well-being of Nigerians.
According to a statement signed by the company’s Chief Corporate Communication Officer , Olufemi Soneye, made available to journalists in Abuja on Sunday, ” while the National Oil Company won the Best Federal MDA in Digital Initiatives in
Reengineering Government Processes Award, the GCEO carted home the
Distinguished GovTech Trailblazer Award”.
The awards as explained in the statement , were in recognition of the GCEO leadership’s proactive steps in
activating the Business Continuity Plan (BCP) that is hinged on digital automation
of the company’s processes.
One of such steps , was activation of
Microsoft Enterprise Additional Licenses for NNPC Digital
Transformation initiatives, leading to an estimated cost-saving of over $1 million
to the Company.
In clinching the award, the NNPC Ltd. and its GCEO, Malam Kyari outclassed
several other contestants in the public sector even as it was clear that the BPSR
selection process was anchored on merit, thus strengthening the credibility of the
selection process and the subsequent awards.
Prior to the presentation of the awards, Mr. Arabi had, in
a letter dated 19th September 2023 to the NNPC Ltd’s GCEO, said that “Sequel to
a nationwide nomination and online voting process initiated on Radio, Television
and Newspaper publication, we are pleased to inform you that your organisation
will be honoured with the prestigious Nigeria GovTech Award in the category of
‘Best Federal: MDA in digital initiatives in reengineering government processes.
Arabi in the letter commended Mele Kyari’s deployment of
technology in driving business at the NNPC Ltd in addition to his exemplary
leadership in advancing GovTech initiatives and digital governance within the
nation’s oil conglomerate, in line with the Federal Government digital
transformation in the public sector.
He added that the awards represented a veritable platform aimed at
repositioning the Nigerian public service as an engine of reforms in the country.
The awards presentations took place at the International Conference Centre ( ICC) , Abuja with theme : ” Advancing Public Service Reforms Through Digital