The Nigeria Computers Society has conferred the award of ‘Digital Governor of the Year’ on Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, in appreciation of what the society called his administration’s digital strides in governance.
The award was presented at the 27th national conference of the society, which the governor declared open at the International Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan, in Ibadan, yesterday.
Presenting the award, President, NCS, Prof. Sola Aderounmu, said that Ajimobi was given the award in recognition of his administration’s digital inclusion policies.
He said that the society was also impressed with the ingenious ways the state had proffered digital solutions to the management of its key structures and units.
The NCS boss called on the federal government to formulate digital inclusion policy in order to overcome challenges confronting the country in the areas of health, economy, security and other facets of life.
He expressed concern that the benefits of information technology have not been fully harnessed, judging by the exclusion of a good number of women, children and the physically-challenged from the benefits of digitalization.
Aderounmu said, “Governor Ajimobi is deserving of this award because of his strides in deploying ICT to solve problems in governance. The success story range from administrative efficiency, prompt accounting system, effective health and education policies as well as security of lives and properties.
“When you talk of states that are peaceful in Nigeria today, you won’t count three before mentioning Oyo. The state uses CCTV to monitor flashpoints in Ibadan to nip crises in the bud.
“The resolve of the state to establish the first Technical University in the country and creation of technological hub in Ibadan for foreign investors to produce materials, which will engender massive employment opportunities and grow the local economy, is also commendable.
“But, I must say that the benefits of the internet have not been utilized as expected in Nigeria. The consequence is that women, individuals living with disabilities, the poor and the rural populace have become extensively digitally excluded.
“With nationwide presence and proper digital inclusion, healthcare delivery, poverty reduction, job creation, education, governance, food security and social harmony in the society will be greatly enhanced.”
In his response, the governor said that the state was reaping the fruits of its heavy investment in digital inclusion in the management of security, payroll system, finance and other aspects of governance.
Ajimobi said that the state had attained the status of a digital hub where different policies and engagements such as security of lives and property, finance, civil service efficiency, contracts and procurements had been automated.
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