Ogun State Government under the Leadership of Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun (MFR), has added another feather to its cap, this time around, the state has been given the BEST STATE IN ICT PENETRATION AND ADOPTION award by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on ICT, Mr. Dayo Abiodun, made this known while speaking at the e-NIGERIA awards and gala night in ABUJA on Friday the 29th of November, 2019.
Mr. Dayo Abiodun said in the last 6 months of the present Administration, the Bureau of Information Technology has achieved a lot.
According to him, internet expansion to Ministries, Departments and Agencies has been carried out with an increase in Internet bandwidth from 85 mbps to 350mbps.
He added that Metro fiber presence has been increased to a number of agencies via fiber including the State secretarial complex at Oke Mosan, Ogun state Television, Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation, Cultural Centre, Bureau of Transportations, Signage, Inland Revenue Service, Ogun state printing, SUBEB, Bureau of Information Technology and the Ogun State TechHBUB.
Speaking further, Mr. Abiodun said internet network has been Re-designed from a Mesh topology to Point-to-Point while the inverter powering the State’s Internet equipment has been upgraded in order to provide six hours power backup for the equipment around Oke-Mosan.
The special adviser to the governor on ICT also made it known that deployment of Wifi to all MDAs in the state for easy access to the internet has been completed while the Bureau is currently in the process of creating email address for each civil servants and political office holder.
This he noted is to ensure that communication and governance is better and faster.
On her part the Director, Ogun State Bureau of ICT, Mrs. Adekunte Olatundun said officers from different ministries and agencies have been trained on how to use email services.
She said the Ogun TechHub was launched on September 3rd 2019 and it has been involved in training with over 2,500 already trained in Web design, Digital Marketing, Computer IT Essentials, Hardware repairs, Data Science, Cyber Security, Animation and cartooning and STEM (for children).
According to her, the Ogun Tech Hub is an open living lab and pre-incubation space designed to be a multi-functional, multi-purpose space where work to catalyze creative social tech ventures take place.
As parts of efforts to make ICT attractive for children in the state, the ICT director said the Ogun Kid’s Tech Club was 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 will solve local challenges to improve the quality of life of the people of Ogun state, and the world at large, without hindering their Academic pursuit.
As she said, the bureau now operates a data center. We currently have a 42U Rack at the DC and would soon be deploying the second Rack. The Rack hosts the state mail server and other application servers being used by other MDAs.
Mrs. Olatundun stated further that the state government is currently digitalizing documents management, starting with the Civil Service Commission with over six thousand files converted into electronic form (scanned and saved) out of fourteen thousand documents from the commission, with plans in the offing to replicate the process in other ministries, departments and agencies.
She made it known that Ogun State Job Portal was established in a bid to eradicate the situation of unemployed youths in the State adding that government has also provided an e-channel for youths to register and for employers to easily find qualified candidates to fill professional roles.
According to her, plans are in the pipeline to migrate various siloed application servers to a secured shared services environment, a starting process for a complete State wide IT audit of all MDA’s.
The meritorious award was received by the Special Adviser to the Governor on ICT, Mr. Dayo Abiodun and the Director, Ogun State Bureau of ICT, Mrs. Adekunte Olatundun.