E-Government in Nigeria

Can Generative AI Serve as a Tool for Civic Engagement?

doi: 10.53116/pgaflr.7068


This paper examines the potential for using generative artificial intelligence (AI) to boost civic participation in Nigeria’s developing e-government ecosystem. Emerging generative technologies like ChatGPT demonstrate intriguing capabilities to make governance more interactive and engaging through conversational interfaces. Thoughtfully implemented AI tools could increase access and understanding of e-government, particularly for underserved groups. However, risks around bias, privacy, security and capability limitations pose challenges for public sector applications. Additionally, Nigeria’s substantial digital divides and defective trust in government institutions hamper e-government participation currently. This paper analyses opportunities and limitations for applying generative AI to advance civic engagement given Nigeria’s unique socio-cultural context. Findings suggest that while AI holds promise, targeted strategies focused on inclusion, accessibility, education and institutional legitimacy building are critical to realise benefits. Cautious optimism, human-centric design and responsible governance frameworks are needed to employ generative systems successfully. If challenges are addressed, AI could open innovative possibilities for energising civic participation. But further research and controlled pilot applications are required to determine optimal implementation.


Generative AI ChatGPT Civil Participation Digital Literacy E-government

How to Cite

Abdulkareem, A. K. . (2024). E-Government in Nigeria: Can Generative AI Serve as a Tool for Civic Engagement?. Public Governance, Administration and Finances Law Review, 9(1), 75–90. https://doi.org/10.53116/pgaflr.7068


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