Oyo State set a record as it filtered all award categories at the 9th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy (NCCDE), which was held recently at the NAUWA Event Center, Asokoro, Abuja.
Oyo State emerged as the best country in the development of human capital for digital technology, the best country in the development of digital technology infrastructure, and ranked second in the implementation of e-government and the best country in the development of digital technology in general in the ninth regular meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy (NCCDE) .
The Ninth Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy (NCCDE) with the theme of using digital technology to accelerate economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 era and beyond was chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Issa Ali Ibrahim Bantami.”
The program was attended by heads of various parastatal institutions of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, among them the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa; Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone, Professor Muhammad Bello Abubakar; General Manager, NigComSat, Ms. Abimbola Alale; Representative of the Executive Vice President of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Director General of NIPOST, Dr. Ismail Adewosi; British Foreign Secretary Malam Muhammad Musa Bello. Science and Technology Commissioners and Heads of ICT Agencies from 36 states in Nigeria among others.
During the review session, all countries presented their ICT roadmap to the judges and all participants under three categories – human capacity development for digital technology, development of digital technology infrastructure, and implementation of e-governance.
Mr. Payu Akande, Special Assistant to the Governor of Oyo State on ICT and e-Governance; While applying on behalf of Oyo State, he highlighted the state’s achievement in each category. To develop human capabilities in the field of digital technology. He stated that OYSG has partnered with Oracle Academy to train computer science teachers in all state-owned schools on the foundations of programming languages.
The state is also partnering with Tech4Dev to organize digital skills training for individuals in rural communities, people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups, as well as NDPR digital skills training organized for all civil servants in the state.
He added that the Oyo State Government has also formulated a framework that will ensure that all civil servants are trained annually in current technology trends and digital skills essential for effective work practices; Among other initiatives. At the end of this session, Oyo State emerged as the best country in the Human Capacity Development category for digital technology.
Akande highlighted some of the country’s achievements in the field of ICT infrastructure development, referring to the coordinated fiber infrastructure policy that the country plans to implement in the next few months to make way for zero tariffs on the right of way.
He also spoke about the Oyo State Infrastructure Management and Monitoring Agency (OYSIMCA) which he oversees as the Director General, which is a one stop shop for all ICT infrastructure issues and a first point of contact for all ICT service providers who wish to connect with the state government.
Regarding the protection of ICT infrastructure, Akande said the OYSIMCA task force responds quickly to any complaints about fiber saboteurs and illegal infrastructure, adding that the state government has provided high-speed internet connection through the secretariat. Oyo State has emerged as the best country in developing digital technology infrastructure.
While talking about the e-Government application that got second place, SA in ICT and e-Governance mentioned various e-Government applications and portals such as Oyo State Jobs Portal; The Open Contract Data Standards (OCDS) platform and the standard official web portal that includes many online government services.
Others include an electronic procurement portal. SMS notification application used by Oyo State Emergency Operations Center; Education portal and so on. All relevant links, screenshots and images for each category were provided during the show.
At the end of all sessions, Oyo State won Best Country in Implementing Digital Technology/Winner in Implementing Development Pillars of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS).
Responding to the achievement, Akande said, “I am grateful to Governor Sei Makinde, who gave me the opportunity to implement his ICT vision for the state. His Excellency has always recognized from the beginning that the development of digital technology is critical to achieving his roadmap for the accelerated development of the state. We will be coming up with more innovations in the coming years.
All award winners were handed over with shields by the heads of various semi-governmental bodies including the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Bantami, who presented the award for Best Country in Developing Digital Technology Infrastructure and Best Country Overall in Developing Digital Technology.
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