By Ogochukwu Isioma
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said his administration’s adoption of e-governance will improve service delivery across Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state.
The governor said this after the state government reached an agreement with the management of Zinox Technology Limited for the provision of laptops in support of the transformation of the Edo State Civil and Public Service.
He said, “We are transforming the engine room of government, which is our public service; we have developed an e-governance platform to do this. We spent the last one year going through our systems, processes and procedures. We are now hiring a new generation of civil servants and are training them and attracting people from the private sector to join the state government to enable us to change our culture of service delivery.
“Every civil servant in Edo State will have a minimum of one computer system. We are encouraging civil servants to own a personal computer at home apart from the one in the office.”
Obaseki added: “Our dream is to transform Edo State into a very modern and progressive state. We can’t do it without the use of technology as a tool. The successes we have made today in the state rests on the superstructure of technology.
“Technology is global but we have to also make it local, and to localise technology at the global standard, we need partnerships, locally, that have those same global standards. We looked around and we’re lucky to have Zinox in Nigeria.
On his part, Chairman, Zinox Technology Limited, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh commended the Edo State Government for its transformation drive, noting “I appreciate Governor Godwin Obaseki for his achievement in the state without making noise over it. Obaseki has convinced a lot of professionals in the Diaspora and they are all leaving to join forces with the governor to develop the state.”
Special Adviser to the Governor on Strategy, Policy, Projects and Performance Management, Mrs. Sarah Esangbedo Ajose-Adeogun said, “The partnership agreement with Zinox Technology Limited is for the provision of laptops in support of the Edo State Civil and Public Service transformation programme.”