AS PART of his administration’s commitment towards the actualisation of e-governance model in the state, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Thursday, inaugurated 1,108 computer systems meant to facilitate the first phase of the model.
The governor, who commissioned the systems inside the Department of Information Communication Technology Office of the Governor’s office, Ibadan, stated that the measure would fast-track the processes and activities of government through ICT.
The governor told members of his cabinet and ICT experts at the event that the computer systems will be distributed to ministries, departments and agencies, adding that fibre-optic cables are already laid around the secretariat, to ensure internet access and linkage by the Ministries and Agencies.
He noted that the tools needed to ensure the proper take-off of e-governance model in the state is being put in place.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. TaiwoAdisa, indicated that the state was kick starting the first phase of e-governance in line with the global trends.
The statement further quoted the governor as saying that by the end of his tenure, e-governance would have taken firm roots in the state.
He added that the era in which the government gets bogged down with physical files and papers should be a thing of the past in the state.
He said: “It has been really challenging in dealing with physical files. They bring files in Ghana-Must-Go bags for me to sign almost on a weekly basis. And we don’t think that in this day and age, that is what we should be doing and that is why we are starting with the first phase of e-governance in Oyo State.
“It is not just the computers you have; you have the fibre-optic being laid. All the tools that you need in there, word processing and collaboration tools are there. So, this first phase is being flagged off now and we do hope that before the end of this administration’s tenure, e-governance should have taken roots in Oyo State”.
Earlier, the Special Assistant to the governor on Information Communication Technology, Bayo Akande, said that the 1,108 computer systems procured will be distributed to all the MDAs across the Secretariat based on their needs.
Speaking on the importance of the e-governance initiative, Mr. Akande said it would afford the state the opportunity to move from paper governance to e-governance.