The government of Cross River state in southern Nigeria has expressed its readiness to generate more revenues from its Smartgov platform.
According to state governor Liyel Imoke, the state can raise new revenues from the Smartgov identity management and e-payment infrastructure.
The infrastructure for Nigerian state governments was first deployed in Cross River State in 2011. The Smartgov project, which his conjunction with Smartgov CRSG Limited, has enabled the state to create a state-wide identity management system for residents and corporates in the state.
It has resulted in the issuance of biometric-based identity cards, access to healthcare, pensions, transportation, educational bursaries, social amenities and social benefits, and led to the automation of key ministries, departments and agencies.
The managing director of Smartgov CRSG Limited, Jonah Adams, said the development of the platform by Interswitch and its deployment reflected the state’s determination to improve governance, accountability and access to social services for citizens.
“We are extremely proud of our achievements to date in Cross River State and the renewed commitment from CRSG to extend the use of the Smartgov identity management and e-payment infrastructure to eliminate wastage and grow revenues. It is our mission to help state governments to offer their citizens a more efficient service and better value for money,” Adams said.