Ogun State has added another feather to its cap by bagging the best State in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) penetration and adoption award by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after receiving the award on behalf of the State Government, at the E-NIGERIA awards and gala night in Abuja, the Special Adviser to the Governor on ICT, Mr. Dayo Abiodun said, the State Bureau of Information Technology has achieved a lot in the last six months, under the Dapo Abiodun led administration.

He disclosed that internet expansion to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) has been carried out, with an increase in Internet bandwidth from 85 mbps to 350mbps, while internet network has been re-designed from a Mesh topology to Point-to-Point, adding that the inverter powering the State’s Internet had also been upgraded in order to provide six hours power backup to equipment around Oke-Mosan.

The Special Adviser said Metro fibre presence has been extended to a number of agencies, including the State secretariat complex at Oke-Mosan, the State Television (OGTV), Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC), the June 12 Cultural Centre, Bureau of Transportations, Signage, Inland Revenue Service, Ogun State Printing Corporation, Bureau of Information Technology and the Ogun State Tech HUB among others.

He revealed further that, deployment of Wifi to all MDAs in the State for easy access to the internet has been completed, while the Bureau has created about 2000 email addresses for Civil Servants and political office holders to ensure faster and effective communication flow.

Also speaking while presenting the award, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim, represented by DG/CEO, Galaxy Backbone PLC, Yusuf Kazuare, said Ogun state was selected as the best in the adoption of ICT based on the creation of the Tech Hub, integration of the Smart Mail System, the partnership with Cisco and many more.

On her part, the Director, Ogun State Bureau of ICT, Mrs. Olatundun  Adekunte  said the Tech Hub was launched on September 3, 2019 and over 2,500 people had already been trained on Web design, Digital Marketing, Computer IT Essentials, Hardware repairs,  Data Science, Cyber Security, Animation and cartooning and STEM (for children), saying officers from different MDAs had also been trained on the use of email service.

According to her, Ogun Tech Hub was an open living laboratory and pre-incubation space, designed to be multi-functional, where work to catalyze creative social tech ventures take place.

Adekunte said the Ogun Kid’s Tech Club was equally launched, with a view to creating an enabling environment for kids and other young technocrats to network, socialize, brainstorm and build the next innovative digital solutions that would solve local challenges and improve the quality of life of the people of the State and the world at large, without hindering their academic pursuit.

She stated further that the State government was currently digitalizing documents management, starting with the Civil Service Commission, with over 6,000 files out of 14,000 converted into electronic form, adding that plans were underway to replicate the process in other MDAs.

Tokunbo Jayeola,

Press Officer, BIT/Tech HUB


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