The Ondo state government is exploring the vast potentials of information and communication technology to scale up its economy, develop the state and also better the lives of the her people where they live, work or play. The Chairman of the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) Hon. Olumbe Akinkugbe said this in Akure, Ondo state capital during a sensitization meeting with stakeholders on the implementation of a Metro Fibre Network across the state. According to him, the state government in collaboration with Oodua Infraco Resource Ltd, an Infraco consortium licensed by Federal Government to deploy high-speed and efficient Fibre Optic Cable (FOC) Open Access Network (OAN) across the southwest region is to execute the project. This initiative, he noted “will not only turn Ondo into a digital hub but a destination choice for domestic and international technology companies, it will connect institutions through fibre and prepare the state for the 21st Century Smart City. ”
The project will also help to promote youth empowerment, create jobs and improve the state’s Internally Generated Revenue by having fast, reliable and affordable internet connectivity through effective communication. Akinkugbe added that ” the sensitization programme became necessary to be on the same page with all the stakeholders on the proposed fibre optic rollout infrastructure within the state. ”
It becomes necessary because we need the people to key into the project because it is going to affect all the communities within the state in terms of infrastructure.
“The people are not aware and don’t know what is going on, so the danger of them thinking not being carried along. It is very important for us to have this sensitization meeting in regard to this project in the state. “
The benefits are immense, first of all, we are talking about deepening the penetration of broadband infrastructure, which means in essence we are trying to carry internet facilities to all local government areas within the state “We all understand the benefits of digitization and everybody has access to smartphones but there is no use having a phone when you’re not able to put it to optimal use. What this is going to do is to enable our people to have access to the internet and to enjoy all the services therein” He however, appealed to the people of the state across all communities to accommodate the workers of Oodua Infraco Resource Ltd who had been digging across the state but assured that all the private and public infrastructures tampered with “will be repaired or reinstated to the level better than what was met there before. “Part of our sensitization is to encourage where there is a lack of oversight of what they are supposed to do, SITA is empowered to ensure that the monitoring and evaluation of the project is ongoing and in cases where there are infractions the citizenry is encouraged to reach