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Why we’re turning Benue into digital hub-Ode

The deputy governor of Benue State, Barr Sam Ode, has said the Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia-led administration is determined to turn the state into a…

The deputy governor of Benue State, Barr Sam Ode, has said the Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia-led administration is determined to turn the state into a digital hub to empower unemployed youths and enhance efficiency in governance.

The deputy governor who made this assertion while presiding over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with partners for the establishment of the Benue Digital Infrastructure Company Limited (BDICL), also said the government is embracing technology because it has nothing to hide.

Ode, who is the chairman of the implementation committee for the BDICL, assured the partners that the state government will ensure a seamless process for the establishment and development of the company for the overall good of the Benue people.

“The governor charged us to move away from the normal bottlenecks that usually impede the smooth taking off of projects.  For those of you in the private sector, your biggest fear in dealing with government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) is bureaucracy and corruption. But the speed with which this implementation process has moved will assure you that we mean business and you have nothing to fear.

“Benue State government is bold to embrace technology because we have nothing to hide. We want to join the rest of the world in digital technology. Today marks a watershed as we sign this MOU with stakeholders,” he said.

The deputy governor further assured that the state government would abide by all the agreements entered into with partners, ensuring efficiency, transparency and accountability.

He said the BDICL will be run as a business, and not as another government extension, which will guarantee growth and sustainability.

While delivering his presentation, the project consultant, Mr Terwase Gbande, Chief Executive Officer of Gamint Corporate Limited, said the BDICL will transform the digital landscape of Benue State by developing, deploying, and maintaining state-of-the-art digital infrastructure.

“The company will act as the backbone for digital connectivity, facilitating economic growth, enhancing public services, and bridging the digital divide across the state,” he said.

Gbande added that the over N10 billion project will generate 50, 000 direct and indirect jobs for the youth in the state.


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