Ogun State Bureau of Information Technology (BIT) in collaboration with German International Cooperation, GIZ SEDIN is set to create about ten emerging technology solutions, towards promoting Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and e-commerce value-chain for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMSEs).
This indication came to fore at the Hackaton annual event tagged: “Ogun HACK 3.0’’ organised by the Bureau at Ogun Tech hub, Kobape, Abeokuta.
Speaking at the programme, the Special Adviser to the Governor on ICT, Mr. Dayo Abiodun said Hackaton is a competitive programme, where a group of tech experts come together to brainstorm and create functioning applications or websites, to promote effective digital economy among SMSEs in the State and would run for 12 weeks.
Mr. Abiodun, represented by the Director, Standard Regulations, Planning and Research, Mrs. Olatundun Adekunte stated that lots of milestones would be achieved through the event, such as the creation of Electronic Medical Records, Automated Loan Repayment, Online Stores, and Agricultural Land Acquisition applications, among others, that would cut across health, cooperative society, industrial and agricultural sectors.
He added that this would reduce the cost of advertisement on local products and services.
The Governor’s Aide noted that the Bureau had earlier organised a tech solutions convergence for some selected SMSEs to impact on the sectors of the economy that needed such, to promote their images and revenue.
He urged the participants to be more focused, as the government and its partners had invested hugely in the programme, saying employment opportunities, as well as other financial benefits would be available for the participants and other SMSEs.
Two of the participants, Mr. Lekan Ogunlesi and Mrs. Mutiat Ayepe appreciated the organisers for exposing them to the opportunities embedded in the event, promising that they would make judicious use of the programme.
In a related development, governor Dapo Abiodun has assured of completing digital infrastructure project embarked upon by his administration, to enable people access internet connectivity.
Governor Abiodun stated recently when he presented the 2023 Appropriation Bill titled: “Budget of Continued Development and Prosperity” at the State House of Assembly, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
The Governor said the digital infrastructure project was aimed at improving Information and Communication Technology (ICT) literacy, in the nooks and crannies of the State for effective governance.
The governor recalled that his administration started digital transformation of government procedures by providing free wifi connectivity in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government for efficiency in the State workforce, broaden revenue scope, as well as block revenue leakages through og.etax, thereby boosting Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
He pointed out his achievements in the area of youth empowerment through the establishment of Oguntech Hub, which had provided infrastructure support for local innovators and incubation opportunities for tech-based start-ups, saying more digital revolutions would be achieved in the fiscal year.