The Cross River State Government is pushing its Smart Government Cross River (SmartGovCRSG) Limited which is determined to improve accountability in governance, simplify access to social services and create a robust social safety net for citizen of the state.
The SmartGov initiative allows the Cross River state government to leverage its investments in technology, automate its ministries, department and agencies, identify all citizens and residents, track and monitor usage of social services, enhance internally generated revenue and automate disbursements and payments by government.
This captures the infrastructure including electronic payment gateway, smartcard management system, risk and fraud management system and an enterprise (data exchange) service-oriented bus. It also includes biometric-based identity smartcity cards which would be issued to citizens and residents under the SmartGov project and would contain cardholders’ information while providing cardholders with access to healthcare, pension, transportation, educational bursaries, social amenities and benefits.
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Equally, the SmartGov initiative would enable Cross River State to identify its citizens, grow revenue, eliminate wastage, simplify governance and increase access to government services.
This is one huge project the government is working on to position itself in the arena of Government 2.0.