Founder and Chief Strategist of The Alpha Reach, Japheth Omojuwa has described Nigeria’s Open Data system as secretive.
Speaking on the session titled “State of States: Using Open Data to Drive Subnational Development in Nigeria,” the highly famed media personality berated the Government for the many gaps in administration.
This was at Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum 2019 (#DRIF19) which held yesterday at Radisson Blue Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
“There are too many gaps in the engagement with Government. We freestyle on too many fronts. The responsibility of Government is to be as open as possible. Budgit engages the government but the reverse is the case when they come out and say: this is not true.”
“This is not true but why isn’t it on your website?” He interjected the crowd.
Omojuwa stressed the importance of data in the conversation moderated by Budgit Senior Programne Officer, Atiku Samuel.
Going further, he said: “Everyday, things happen due to data- a lot of that occurs in sport and player transfers. We are not data-driven, we are secretive and we don’t want people to know. We need to appreciate progress. We need a data culture, he stressed.