Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has bagged the 2019 best ICT Infrastructural governor of the year.
The award was in recognition of his relentless effort at transforming Ondo state into technology and innovation destination choice of young entrepreneurs.
Presenting the Africa Digital Award at 2019 Nigeria Impact Chief Executive Officer Forum in Lagos, the awardee, “ICT Watch Magazine” applauded the wisdom of Arakunrin Akeredolu in citing Akure Tech-hub in the heart of Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) with population of over 20,000 Science & Technology students.
According to ADA, the hub will not only expose the upcoming entrepreneurs to emerging technologies but connect them with the rest of the world at no cost.
Another star digital project that earned the governor this award was the establishment of five ‘Digital Village Projects’ (DVP) across the state to tackle the problem of high rate of youth unemployment.
This is in addition to the upgrading of all operations of the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) to serve as infrastructural backbone for the State Integrated Financial Mgt Information System (SIFMIS) to ensure accelerated govt businesses & transactions.
Receiving the award, Arakunrin Akeredolu said the theme for this year’s award “connecting the unconnected” was in line with the vision of his administration to make internet services available & affordable to the rural dwellers.
According to the Governor, internet facilities will no longer be seen as luxury as his administration has just approved broadband internet services for the use of civil/public servants in the state to boost their productivity.
Represented by the SSA to the governor on ICT Hon. Olumbe Akinkugbe who was accompanied by some of his management team, the Governor explained that his administration is tackling the issue of security challenges facing the state with ICT.
He therefore challenged youth to take full advantage of hubs available in the state to expand their financial & economic frontiers.