By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
Kaduna State Government has been rated first in a website ranking of the 36 states of the federation done by the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF).
The state scored an aggregate of 208 points in the sixth edition of the ranking based on the aggregate scores from 52 benchmarks drawn from five criteria, overtaking Lagos State which occupied the first position in 2018 and now the second in the 2019 ranking.
Nigeria Governor’s Forum website ranking analyses the websites of the 36 state governments and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) looking at five evaluation criteria ranging from technical design, user experience, compatibility, content, compliance with web standards and other benchmarks.
Since 2012, NGF Secretariat has championed the process of critically analysing the websites of the 36 states of the federation with the aim of encouraging state governments to maintain interactive websites that allow visitors and stakeholders to explore relevant information pertaining the states for diverse purposes.
The survey noted that Kaduna state website:www.kdsg.gov.ng is among the most functional and secured, with features that makes for easy accessibility, interactivity and regularly populating and updating the website with fresh contents that engages the citizens, provide useful information about government policies, strategic plans and project implementation.
At the commencement of the NGF state website ranking in 2012, Kaduna was no.3, nosedived to 17th in 2013.
Since 2016, the state has maintained a steady rise to 4th position in 2016, 2nd in 2017, and 1st in 2019, largely due to investment on ICT infrastructure and personnel, and adoption of innovative ways of disseminating government information.