The Oyo State Government is investing in information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and training to boost its digital economy agenda.

According to the Special Assistant to the State Governor on ICT and E-governance, Adebayo Akande, the deployment of infrastructure and digital skills training for civil servants in the state, have led to the digitisation of many government services in the last two years of Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration.

Highlighting some of the critical projects that have set the state on the right path to digitisation, Akande said the administration kick-started with the mass training of civil servants in digital skills and use of the digital collaborative and productivity tools. In addition, he said the government also rolled out official email addresses with the extension for all civil servants and ensuring its usage is mandatory.

“In the last two years, we have also rolled out data warehousing and data infrastructure in Oyo state where all Government data and documentation will be domiciled and accessed in real-time”. He added that the State has also commenced the digitisation of land procurement, survey, and Certificate of ownership processes.

According to Akande, other digital projects executed by the administration in the last two years includes fibre optic cable rollout across the entire secretariat for high-speed internet & intranet connectivity in the secretariat; large scale procurement of 1,939 computer, printers, and UPSes for civil servants; and digitisation of recruitment process with the Oyo State job portal which has put a stop to nepotism and brought about an improved user experience. The portal is said to have processed over 300,000 applications so far.

He added that the State Government has also commenced the process of digitising all paper files for complete business process automation while implementing an Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) and E-procurement platform for efficient contracting transparency and online procurement. The Special Assistant further disclosed that the State has also carried out biometric registration and verification of all government workers, pensioners, and ad-hoc staff.

The state had also organised Oracle Academy training on java fundamentals and database management for all its Computer Science teachers, who will, in turn, train their students, as Programming Languages is introduced to secondary schools’ curriculum in the State (java fundamentals and database management).

Corroborating this, the Country Programmes Manager, Oracle Academy Sub-Sahara Africa, Sefunmi Fadahunsi, said that the Oyo State Government partook of the partnership agreement Oracle signed with the Federal Ministry of Education to advance Computer Science Education in Nigeria and “we are glad at the quick adoption from Oyo State. Teacher Training has been delivered to pilot Teachers who will multiply and transfer this knowledge to Students and also adopt the knowledge and curriculum in their teaching. This is exemplary progress.”

Commenting on the landmark achievements of the State in the area of ICTs, the Chief Executive Officer of Presto Integrated Solutions, Chris Okafor, said “the future-oriented and visionary government of Engr. Seyi Makinde deemed it fit to set up a fibre optic network all over the Oyo state secretariat to enhance staff productivity and efficiency.”

“The Government deployed Fibre to the office (FTTO) network which provides an excellent platform for ultra-high-speed access technologies and is designed to move high data, video and voice traffic within and outside the Oyo state government secretariat. Every building in the secretariat is wired to the fibre backhaul and users connect to the network wirelessly without any hindrances or encumbrances,”