The administration of Ademola Adeleke in Osun State has mapped out relevant plans to speedily entrench the development of Information and Communication Technology.
This, the government stated is in order to put the state on a higher pedestal for the digital economy, agriculture and telemedicine.
The Coordinating Director of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology, Murtala Adekilekun stated this on Tuesday while addressing participants at a stakeholders consultation and validation workshop on State ICT and Innovation Policy.
Adekilekun revealed that the state governor was committed to positively turning the state around in all ramifications.
He added that it was aimed towards making Osun to be at par with the best global practices technologically.
"With the exercise, Governor Adeleke is ready to make history, particularly in the area of digital economy which is a multi-billion naira sector with high potential for job and wealth creation.
"The new economy is digital based and Osun is laying a very solid foundation to be integrated into that global trend.
"Mr. Governor has embarked on a tech revolution in Osun state.
"This is the first time Osun state is having a state ICT Policy, State Tech Innovation Policy, State Goggle Mapping Process, broadband fiber optic flag off among others.
"Osun is billed to be the first State in Nigeria to domesticate the Nigeria Start-Up Act.
"His Excellency targets a tech-driven Osun State earning tech dollars and a Silicon valley style economy.
"By the time the current administration would mark 100 Days in Office, the State would have achieved many developmental goals in the areas of ICT in line with the Tech Innovation agenda of the government."
Adekilekun described the convergence of experts and stakeholders drawn from Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations and members of the academia from higher institutions of learning to brainstorm on how best to come up with the state ICT and Innovation policies as a better way of tapping from the pool of knowledge of experts and stakeholders.
"This is a way of contributing to the growth of the State because, at the end of the day, when His Excellency, Senator Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke approves the bill to be passed into law by the State Assembly, all contributors in this laudable effort would have their names written in gold."
Participants who were drawn from private and public universities in the state, Federal and State technological institutes operating within the state and NGOs among others described the programme as timely and worthwhile just as they lauded the Senator Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke-led administration in Osun State.
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