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The Role of Information and Communication Technology on Transparency, Trust and Good Governance in Nigeria

Gberevbie, D.E. and Ayo, C. K. and Oni, A. O. and Folarin, S. F. (2014) The Role of Information and Communication Technology on Transparency, Trust and Good Governance in Nigeria. In: 14th European Conference on eGovernment, 12-13 June 2014, Braşov, Romania.

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Studies on transparency and trust in public sector management have generated exciting moments amongst scholars and practitioners alike in the area of good governance for development of societies. Furthermore, it has been argued by some scholars that government agencies are more likely to achieve their goals of enhanced performance for the improvement in the living standard of the people, particularly in the provision of adequate social amenities such as clean water, electricity supply, good roads, well equipped hospitals and adequate security protection of lives and properties, where transparency on the part of public officials in the use of public resources, and trust about government agencies on the part of the people are the norms in such a society. Previous studies have hinged on transparency for enhanced performance of government and its agencies on the integrity and perception of the individual employees in carrying out their assignments without taking into consideration the lack of capacity to perform, and the value judgment of such individuals. This present study focuses on the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in the management of government and its activities for enhanced development in the society. The work contributes to our understanding of the relationship between ICT, transparency, trust and good governance as a catalyst for development in Nigeria. With the use of structural equation model, the study empirically analyzed 261 copies of the questionnaire that were administered to respondents in the public and the private sectors of the nation’s economy, about their perception on the relationship between the variables under consideration. The findings suggest the importance of ICT as a facilitator of transparency in the management of public resources, including, revenue collection and disbursement of public funds by government officials, as a basis for societal development, than the mere reliance on individual employees’ integrity and perception in the management of public resources in Nigeria’s quest for development

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: ICT, transparency, trust, good governance, public resources, Nigeria
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2016 09:40
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 09:40

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