The minister for ICT, Frank Tumwebaze has asked government agencies and ministries that are using any electronic systems to work hand in hand with the National Information Technology Authority (Nita) to secure these systems from cyber-attacks.
The minister noted that an online system cannot be deemed efficient when it is not secured because once attacked, the damage suffered is more alarming than the advantages it may present.
“I recommend government agencies that have rolled out the E-systems. These have a number of advantages like efficiency, accountability and eliminating corruption. However, these systems are online and are vulnerable to cyber-attacks; that is why it is necessary to secure them with NITA, the government agencies that was tasked to make sure that all E- governance systems are secured,” Tumwebaze said.
He was speaking today Thursday at the official launch of the local government revenue collection and management information system (e-Log Rev System) at Hotel Africana in Kampala.
The E-Log Rev system is an online system that has been developed to help local governments to efficiently correct revenue in their districts to support service delivery without depending so much on the central government.
Tumwebaze further noted that the fact that all government and private institutions are moving all services online is a good thing for Uganda’s technology sector as this will encourage more people to use internet hence the reduction in the cost of internet bundles in Uganda.
“More Ugandans are coming on board to use internet because the times require that they do so. I am looking forward to a paperless, cashless economy in the future. Once this is done, the cost of internet which is still a bit high because of few users will come down and even become more effective,” Tumwebaze noted.
While commenting about the new system at the same function, the state minister for Local Government Jenipher Namuyango noted that the system is part of the bigger E-government system that was launched by the Prime Minister’s office and that it has already been launched in districts of Kiira and Jinja to automate revenue collection and management and will be rolled out to other districts soon.
The minister further noted that this system will reduce local government dependence on central government in facilitating social device delivery from the current 95% to at least 70%, improve transparency in revenue management as well as minimize inconvenience to the tax payer.
“Currently local governments are only able to fund 5% of their annual budgets and yet they have the capacity to facilitate at least 50% of their budgets. But because they do not have an efficient system that can help them to track revenue collection and their tax payers, they continue to burden the central governments. We are hoping this system will change all that,” Namuyango said.
With the system in place, tax payers in local governments will be able to self-register, submit applications, do payments, track their payments, do individual assessments and also seek out any information they need without physically going to officials.
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