The Ministry of Sold Minerals and Steel Development has denied news making round that it has created its website with a colossal sum of N700 Million .
Rather, the ministry explained in a statement it released on Sunday, that it has invested the said sum of money an integrated IT infrastructure and human capacity development projects, which comprises two Data Centres, an off-site recovery centre, civil and environmental works on the Centres, running of the Centres till end of first quarter 2018, training of over 225 officials locally and internationally amongst other cost components of the entire infrastructure and programme.
The statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mohammed Abbas, regretted that certain elements would reinvent and mislead the public by making it look like all of the costs were invested on a website.
”the statement reads; ”The attention of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has been drawn to news making the rounds especially on the social media that the Ministry spent the sum of N700million creating a website for itself. The Ministry considers it incumbent to react swiftly to this misrepresentation and to set the records straight.
”It is important for clarity to state that what the Ministry has acquired with the said sum of money is an integrated IT infrastructure which comprises two Data Centres, an off-site recovery centre, civil and environmental works on the Centres, running of the Centres till end of first quarter 2018, training of over 225 officials locally and internationally amongst other cost components of the entire infrastructure and programme. It is indeed disingenuous of anyone to reinvent and reduce all of these into an expenditure on a website.
”In the course of the project, we have emphasised the need for stakeholders’ interface, which included a facility inspection tour for reporters and journalists who cover the sector. We have no reason to commit public resources to projects that will not advance the cause of repositioning our sector and we believe that we did everything to intimate the general public about our activities in this respect.
”For the records and for public information, our IT Integrated Automation & Interactive Solid Minerals Portal (IAISMP) project has the following key components:
”Feasibility assessment, needs analyses and re-engineering of the IT processes within the ministry, departments and agencies;
”2nos data centres (a fully equipped on-premises centre within the ministry and another off-site centre for recovery and real time backup in case of emergency), also covering civil and environmental works
”Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution and Electronic Document Management System (eDMS) solution—Microsoft Dynamics AX: Financials, Supply Chain, Business Intelligence, Human Capital, Procurement (license and maintenance);
”Basic and advanced IT (ERP & eDMS) and GIS training programmes for 200nos staff of the ministry and its agencies. Already 75 officials have been trained in Abuja;
”GIS capacity building for 25nos management and lead technical staff with Esri;
Wide Area Network at the ministry’s headquarters and all its 10 agencies (including back up internet, disaster recovery hosting and DR site internet—installation and initial one-year subscription);
” Procurement, supply and installation of a GIS laboratory with 20nos computer systems;
”Building of GIS Web Portal with Business Automation System, Content Management System (CMS), Decision Support System and Side Stream along the minerals corridor;
”Reordering and re-organisation of available geological data in the sector into geospatial database;
”Online Mining Licensing and Mineral Title Application with tracking system for openness, transparency and accountability in compliance with global EITI standards for the extractives sector”