Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Thursday, commissioned 1,108 computers to kick-off the first phase of e-governance in the state.
Speaking Thursday at the commissioning yesterday in Ibadan, the state capital, Makinde said the new system would fast-track the processes and activities of the government.
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The governor told members of his cabinet and ICT experts at the event that fibre-optic cables had been laid around the state government secretariat to ensure internet access and linkage among ministries and agencies.
He said the era of physical files and papers would soon 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. 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, 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, Mr. ‘Bayo Akande, said the 1,108 computers would be distributed to all the MDAs across the Secretariat based on their needs.