VENTURES AFRICA – Ekiti State Government has entered into an agreement with International Business Machines (IBM) which would see the software vendor provide ICT solutions to the State Government, the State University and the Civil Society on areas such as Smart Governance, Citizen Information Management System and e-school projects.
According to ThisDay, IBM experts arrived the state over the weekend, and would work with officials of the Nigerian state in different sectors of the state for the next one month.
The state’s Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Mr. Foluso Daramola, said the partnership was aimed at actualising IBM’s New Initiative for Sustainable Development (NISD) through effective use of ICT in governance.
Based on report, the partnership will foster the development of an online elderly citizens register for indigenes above 65 years old under a Social welfare programme.
The communication and work flow Automation developed under Smart Governance applications, he said, would establish an inter-governmental paperless system for all official documents.
In her remarks, IBM’s West African Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Lead, Mrs. Remi Abere, said the company would be assisting Ekiti State in working on e-education and e-governance by transferring the company’s skills and helping develop technological capacity in the different sectors of government.
Abere said special focus would be given to the education sector because of the passion of the administration to revamp the sector and make it take its lead.
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