At the just concluded 5th Regular meeting of the National Council on Communication Technology (NCCT 2017) organised by the Federal Ministry of Communications penultimate weekend, Lagos shone like a star that it is.
The “State Of Excellence” beat all other 35 States of the country to emerge as the best overall performing state in ICT Development and also the best State in E-Governance in Nigeria.
In addition, Lagos bagged top awards as the Best State in ICT Infrastructure Development, while it also emerged the first runner-up in the category for Best State in Human Capital Development.
In a statement released last week Tuesday, the State’s Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Olufemi Odubiyi, who received the awards alongside the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Olukayode Ogunnubi, said the awards confirmed the State Government’s commitment to ICT development.
The commissioner said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, since assumption of office on May 29, 2015, prioritised ICT development in the State, adding that it has since improved service delivery in major ministries in the State and was transforming Lagos to a digital village.
According to him, the NCCT, which was chaired by the Hon. Minister for Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, gave States the opportunity to showcase ICT activities in their various States, particularly success stories in their application of ICTs in solving governance and development issues.
Odubiyi said the Minister for Communications expressed delight at the committed efforts of the Lagos State Government to the development of ICT not only in the State but in Nigeria as a whole.
He also said the Minister expressed the Federal Government’s readiness to partner with Lagos State to achieve the nation’s vision of rapid transition to a functional digital society as envisioned by Governor Ambode.
The Minister for Communications presented the awards to Lagos State and a goodwill message to the Government and people of the State.
The 2017 NCCT meeting was hosted by the Governor of Katsina State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Masari at the State Government Secretariat, Katsina, Kastina State. The theme of the meeting was: “Harnessing ICT As The Main Tool For Driving The Economic Recovery And Growth Plan (ERGP]”.
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