The Ondo State government has reiterated its commitment towards exploring the vast potentials of information and communication technology to drive the economy, develop and also better the lives of citizens of the state.
The Chairman of the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), Mr. Olumbe Akinkugbe, who stated this during a sensitisation meeting with stakeholders on the implementation of metro fibre network in the state, commended the efforts of the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu towards ensuring seamless access to internet service.
He disclosed that the state government has established a collaboration with the Oodua Infraco, an Infraco consortium licensed by the Federal Government to deploy high speed and efficient Fibre Optic Cable (FOC) Open Access Network (OAN) across the southwest region.
According to him, the initiative will not only turn Ondo into a digital hub but a destination of choice for domestic and international technology companies, saying it will connect institutions through fibre and prepare the state for the 21st Century Smart city.
He stressed that the project will also help to promote youth empowerment and job creation, improve the state Internally Generated Revenue with having a fast, reliable and affordable internet connectivity to enable effective communication.
Akinkugbe, however, noted the challenges impeding the progress of broadband infrastructure deployment in the state to include Right-of-Way issues; indiscriminate charges and levies; hostilities by local communities; among others, which necessitated the stakeholders meeting.