Nigeria: Driving Governance with Digital Media Technology
8 March 2012
This Day Live - March 8, 2012
As part of the efforts to promote e-payment solution in governance, Ekiti State, last week, launched the state’s Integrated Digital Media Channels, designed to boost efficiency in governance and to provide access to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the state, reports Emma Okonji
Governor Fayemi’s ICT Vision
Re-stating government’s eight point agenda for development, Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi who spoke at the launch of the state owned integrated digital media channels last week in Ado Ekiti, said the state would continue to leverage on ICT to boost efficiency in governance and to provide ICT access to the people of the state.
According to Governor, "As part of our vision for Ekiti State, we are set to use ICT to boost economic development in the state, and we are deploying biometrics infrastructure for payroll efficiency. We have also entered into partnership with Samsung West Africa to boost computer acquisition and digital literacy for civil servants in the state. We are also using IT to run governance as well as working to do telemedcine while making our state a call centre hub in the country, riding on the fibre optic cable that would bring up to 45 megabyte of internet capacity into the state."
Speaking on the gains in deploying e-payment solution in the state, Fayemi said the introduction of electronic payment (e-payment) solution in the state in 2010, jerked up the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by 466 per cent monthly in the last one year.