With the mark of the year 2016, Evince embarked on a new journey with the Citizenship and Business Department of Ministry of Interiors, Nigeria. The journey to empower the Nigerian citizens, the journey to provide them a digital platform for their legal handlings. After lots of research, documentation, continuous efforts and 30 months of hard work Team Evince has finally delivered the Nigerian government portal eCitibiz to be used by the mass population of the country. Once again Evince has delivered growth in accordance with the expectation.
About the Client
The project was developed for the Ministry of Interior: Citizenship and Business Department of Nigeria. The department is entrusted with the responsibility like:
- Upholding the Marriage Act of 1990, CAP 218, Laws of Federation
- Issuance of Business Permit
- Issuance and Monitoring of Expatriate Quota positions
- Administering and Enforcing the provisions of the Immigration Act, 1963
- Licensing the place of worship to conduct statutory marriages in Nigeria
- Granting secured Marriage Certificates
- Conducting marriages at the Federal Marriage Registries
- Evaluating Citizenship Applications and confirmation of Registration
- Granting Special Immigration Status
- Granting Temporary Residence Permit
- Co-ordination of National /Independence Day Celebrations
- Reformation and re-integration of inmates
- Security of lives and properties
- Management of National emergencies
- Recruitment of officers and men of the Prisons Service, Immigration Service, Fire Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps;
- Managing the retirement benefits of retirees in Paramilitary Services under its supervision.
The Ministry is committed to providing services in accordance with International standards. They wanted to build up Multiple modules like Marriage, Citizenship, Place of Worship, and Expatriate Quota, they wished to build a management system to handle applications for a variety of tasks related to the modules. The main aim was to make legal process easy for the citizens of the nation.
Challenges faced by Evince while developing eCitibiz Portal
While developing eCitibiz Portal the biggest challenge faced by Evince was to build an interactive web application for the mass population of Nigeria with a decent UI and a smooth process with clear instructions to perform every task. We had to go through 60+ manual paper forms to understand the basic requirement and to understand the relationship and dependency of each available field to create a smoother workflow. As eCitibiz was going to become a data-rich government portal containing confidential and personal mass data, its security and scalability was our major concern. Amongst various other challenges faced were generalizing the payment system for all applications, implementing a sophisticated Audit log and implementing private chat functionality for both the guest and registered users.
Designing the solution
After going through all the documents provided by the client, Evince had a good understanding of their requirements. We came up with the solution of developing a Management Module to manage the flow, tracking application, logging, payment details and all the other activities happening on the portal. For payment security, we integrated the portal with Remita Payment Gateway functionality. A chat module is also implemented for logging, tracking and saving chat information for use in future.
As security of the portal is the biggest concern, Evince structured the site architect where no SQL injection is possible. Provided security step and verification for login if the user forgets the password or in case the user tries to access different accounts.
Evince follow its own approach for software development which is the combination of various SLDC models as hybrid execution model start with Prototyping, Iterative and Scrum Methodologies. The team dis a detailed analysis of the requirement and project plans for developing a project approach to have the most effective solution that fulfills the client’s requirement. All the blueprints and the designs for the portal were prepared and were sent for client’s approval. After the approval of Nigerian Ministry of Interiors, the development was started. Once the development was over, a stepwise Quality Assurance Test was performed. With the approval from our QA team, we were able to successfully deploy the project to the client on 4th September 2018.
Benefits of eCitibiz portal
eCitibiz has provided the Nigerian population with a digital platform to manage their legal handlings with an ease. It also helps them to maintain transparency of their data. By developing eCitibiz, the Nigerian Ministry of Interiors has set a classic example for ministries around the world of empowering people to manage the tedious and troublesome legal tasks. They have set an example of creating a solution for performing their tasks at a faster pace and more effectively, parallel maintaining the transparency for their citizens.
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Our Experience with eCitibiz
In the words of our development team, “It was an amazing experience to work on such a big project for the Nigerian Government. The project helped us to enhance our knowledge and skill sets when it comes to project management, in-depth technical knowledge of managing a multi-vertical project. Initially, it felt a bit challenging but the end result turned out to be better than the expectation.”
In words of Mr. Maulik Pandya, the CEO and Managing Director of Evince Development, “It is a remarkable moment for all of us. Working with Government’s IT solution or Public sectors project always demand very high attention towards the functionalities, ease of use and Scalabilities as per software design front. For Management front, we have to be very patient, put reasonable efforts, understand and explain things more clearly to deliver the best. With the eCitibiz project, we learned a lot and enjoyed each moment of our journey over the last 30+ months. We are thankful for the wonderful support of Mr. Joel Adi, the CEO and Managing Director of Anchor Data Ware and our Channel Partner for Nigeria and Evince team. I congratulate the people of Nigeria on this project. It will make things very much transparent, easy and Quick.”