Ekiti State Government has commenced partnership arrangement with International Business Machines (IBM), aimed at strengthening and actualising its goals in the information communication technology (ICT) sector and e-governance.
According to the IBM representatives and government officials, in the new arrangement, the IBM team of experts in different fields who arrived the state over the weekend, would work with Ekiti State officials in different sectors of the state for the next one month.
Speaking at a joint press conference by the representatives of Ekiti State Government and the IBM team leaders in Ado Ekiti, the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Mr. Foluso Daramola, said the IBM team would be working with the State Government, the State University and the Civil Society on areas such as Smart Governance, Citizen Information Management System and the e-school projects.
He said the partnership was also targeted at actualising IBM's New Initiative for Sustainable Development (NISD) through effective use of ICT in the state.
He explained that the partnership would examine the functionality of the software applications provided by Microsoft and the hardware by Samsung as well as develop online citizens register for the Social welfare programme for the elderly citizens above 65 years old.
The communication and work flow Automation developed under Smart Governance applications, he said, would establish an inter-governmental paperless system for all official documents.
In her remarks, IBM's West African Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Lead, Mrs. Remi Abere, said the company would be assisting Ekiti State in working on e-education and e-governance by transferring the company's skills and helping develop technological capacity in the different sectors of government.
Abere said special focus would be given to the education sector because of the passion of the administration to revamp the sector and make it take its lead.
She said IBM chose Ekiti for the partnership in view of current efforts by the Dr. Kayode Fayemi's led administration to drive development through technology.