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Anambra ICT Agency Boss Lauds Soludo on Digital Strides

With the recent launch of the Phase-1 distribution of laptops worth over 100 million nairas to state employees and political appointees, Anambra State Governor Prof. Charles Soludo has shown his dedication to his goal for a digitally sound state.

The State government bought these cutting-edge laptops and computers in response to the findings of a baseline survey on the accessibility of work equipment to State Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.

The finding revealed a severe lack of work tools for the State’s workers.

The Secretary to the State administration, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, who spoke at the ceremony at the SSG Conference Hall in Awka on behalf of Governor Soludo, stated that the administration is passionate about providing effective and efficient service.

He continued, “E-Government is here, and we are happy to be championing this noble cause.” The state’s recent digital stride is an extension of a three-year-old journey that was started by the previous government, which prompted the creation of the State ICT Agency to further accelerate digital achievements in the state.

The Head of Service, Barr. Theodora Igwegbe, who was also present, applauded Governor Soludo for initiating and providing the chance to switch to E-service as specified in the new public service rule.

She stressed the opportunities that exist for civil servants as they begin using digital tools, including the streamlining of work processes, time management, automation of routine chores, faster and more responsive service delivery, transparency, and overall efficiency.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata (CFA), the MD/CEO of the Anambra State ICT Agency, under whose purview the entire event was organized, commended Governor Soludo for approving the purchase of 200 brand-new, cutting-edge computers worth more than 100 million nairas for distribution to the State MDAs.

He described the Governor’s action as a clear confirmation of his resolve to digitize work processes in Anambra and firmly establish e-governance in the State. 

“Governments all over the world rely heavily on technology to advance their work and Anambra as an ‘A’ state must not fall behind” CFA added

With the digital strides being made in Anambra, it is evident that Governor Soludo’s vision for a digitally sound state is gradually becoming a reality.

The Anambra State ICT Agency is keeping up with its mandate and playing a crucial role in driving this transformation.

Also, civil servants are being encouraged to leverage these digital tools to enhance efficiency and further develop themselves at every opportunity that presents itself.

Some purported challenges such as the security of the computers, effective skill and training for the civil servants, protection of sensitive data, and other related concerns raised by the Head of Service have been taken into consideration and adequate remediation has been proffered, some of which have been provided in the Policy Document which civil servants are encouraged to be abreast with.

The Anambra State Government is committed to this lofty initiative and is determined to make the state a digital hub for all kinds of technological advancements with the empowerment of the State ICT Agency. 

“Plans are in top gear to transform the government house as we know it now into a Silicon Valley, a hub for all kinds of technological advancements in the state such that within two years from now, Anambra State must have overtaken other states digitally with the civil service is at the center of it”.

The ICT Boss also revealed that following the distribution of the PCs, to further enhance productivity, high-speed internet access would be made available across all the MDAs in no distant time. “These and more I cannot mention are part of the fast-paced and blossoming digital strides of Governor Soludo,” he said.

 

 

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