Comprehensive, accurate and fact-based analysis is crucial in supporting policy-makers in taking informed decisions, especially in the era of Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), says the President/Chairman of Council, Institute of Information Management (IIM), Dr. Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole.
He made the remark at the 28th edition of the IIM Induction & Investiture Ceremony of the Institute for new members into various grades, namely; Graduate, Associate, Professional, Senior Professional, Fellow, Hon. Fellow and Corporate.
The event held on March 20, 2021 at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) was on IIM’s 11th year of existence as the premier Information Management Professional Institute.
While reminding the gathering that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a human tragedy, Dr. Oyewole said, almost 110 million people have been sickened by the virus, over 2.4 million have died, and millions of livelihoods have been destroyed.
“No region or sector has been spared. Much now depends on the outcome of this race between a mutating virus and vaccines to end the pandemic, and on the ability of policies to provide effective support until that happens. There remains tremendous uncertainty and prospects vary greatly across countries”.
He went ahead to say that Data & Information outlooks are an essential component of IIM’s work, insisting that “Comprehensive, accurate and fact-based analysis is crucial in supporting policy-makers in taking informed decisions, especially in the current circumstances”.
In the last one year, IIM have enhanced collaboration with different entities in enhancing the frontiers of data and information management in the society such as the signing of an MoU with the NiNAS and collaboration with the Bureau for Publics Service Reforms (BPSR).
“As part of our drives towards promoting excellence (Standards, Competence & Certification) in data and information management in the society, the Institute of information management in 2020 initiated the National Digital Transformation Awareness Campaign which was conducted at different Ministries, Departments, and Agencies in Nigeria. The initiative was a follow-up to the directive issued by the Head of Service of the Federation in June, 2020 directing MDAs to begin automation and digitization of files & records.
“The main goal of the initiative was to provide a deep understanding of the concept of digitization, digitalization and digital transformation, specifying its core elements/components in business (people, process and technology).
“The awareness campaign as conceived by the Institute of Information Management, was intended to provide technical support in ensuring the successful implementation of files and document digitization across MDAs in the Country. Furthermore, the campaign also provided attendees insight into how to develop a comprehensive corporate information governance program, plans and processes. Input on comprehensive information management guidelines, standards, and tools for facilitating workable processes for seamless digitization/automation of files and records were also featured.
“It highlighted coherent framework to describe and validate imaging performance and quality, based on existing international best practices and standards. It further provided taxonomic structure, operational metrics and criteria for evaluating digital image characteristics..
“Other key areas of focus included accessibility, privacy, confidentiality, policy, records quality, security, capacity building and, records lifecycle management. Some of the MDAs in participation include Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Galaxy Backbone, National Identity Management Commission, Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Federal Ministry of Transportation and others.
Speaking on the year 2021 annual conference with the theme: “Identity Management & Data Protection Regulation: Risk, Responsibility & Compliance in ‘Circles of Data Governance”, the President of IIM Governing Council said it was indeed timely at a time when Nigeria’s digital identity goal is being reinforced by the World Bank, which is funding the Nigeria Digital Identity for Development Project with about US $115 million as part of a portfolio of six projects in all totaling US $430 million targeting to empower the country’s citizens, especially marginalized groups, to allow them access welfare-enhancing services.
According to a World Bank statement, the project “will enable people in Nigeria, especially marginalized groups, to access welfare-enhancing services. The project will also enhance the ID system’s legal and technical safeguards to protect personal data and privacy.
He charged the inductees to represent the institute as worthy ambassadors. “The fellow of the Institute of Information Management is reserved as a sign of recognition, specially set aside for personalities who have made a substantial contribution to the development of the Information Management and Technology profession, its practices or the Institute of Information Management itself and Honorary Fellows on other professionals with backgrounds outside of Information Management field but are identified as having made significant contributions that impact on the profession and the society or the Institute of Information Management”, he said.