How Lagos Clinches Best ICT Devt State
By Gina Emmanuel
With its track records, Lagos State Government outshined 35 other states of the federation to emerge best overall performing state in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development and also best state in E-Government Implementation in Nigeria.
Lagos also bagged top awards as the Best State in ICT Infrastructure Development, while it also emerged first runner up in the category for Best State in Human Capital Development.
The Awards were presented at the fifth regular meeting of the National Council on Communication Technology (NCCT 2017) organised by the federal Ministry of Communications, which took place in Katsina State, last weekend.
The State’s Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Olufemi Odubiyi, who received the awards alongside the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Olukayode Ogunnubi, said the awards confirmed the state government’s commitment to ICT development in Lagos.
He said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, since assumption of office on May 29, 2015, prioritised ICT development in the State, adding that it has since improved service delivery in major ministries in the State and was transforming Lagos to a digital village.
He said the NCCT, which was chaired by the Minster for Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, gave states the opportunity to showcase ICT activities in their various states, particularly success stories in their application of ICTs in solving governance and development issues.
Odubiyi said the Minister for Communications expressed delight at the committed efforts of the Lagos State Government to the development of ICT not only in the State but in Nigeria as a whole.
The minister also expressed the federal government’s readiness to partner with Lagos state to achieve the nation’s vision of rapid transition to a functional digital society as envisioned by Governor Ambode.
The NCCT meeting which was hosted by the Governor of Katsina State, His Excellency Aminu Masari at the State Government Secretariat, Katsina, had the theme: “Harnessing ICT As The Main Tool For Driving The Economic Recovery And Growth Plan (ERGP]”.