By Chibuzor Emejor, Abuja
Anambra State government said it would deploy Information and Communication Technology in its bid to boost Internally Generated Revenue.
Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, disclosed this at the weekend in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
Obiano said that the State was interested in whatever assistance NITDA would be able to render, adding that his office would send delegation to NITDA to work out ways of collaboration.
Also speaking, the Special Assistant to the Governor on ICT, Macaulay Atasie, elaborated on the areas of collaboration which include the creation of e-commerce portal for the state entrepreneurs and funding of the e-commerce hub which the state intends to improve on its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by investing on ICT.
Atasie said the state government would make a commitment of N50million towards youths ICT empowerment in the state, adding that the state has two buildings meant for CISCO Centres and skills acquisition that need to be equipped.
He further stated that the state would appreciate collaboration in creating an IDEA hub for ICT innovators and entrepreneurs, building of Rural Information Technology Centers (RITCs) in the rural communities and establishment of Knowledge Access Venues (KAVs) in the universities and libraries in the state.
Responding, the Director General NITDA, Peter Jack, said the Agency would study what the State has put on ground towards the setting up of ICT friendly environment and determine how to improve on it.
He said a committee would be set up comprising the two parties to explore areas of collaboration, adding that NITDA would offer train-the-trainer programme to boost capacity development in the State.
Source : Independent