2023 CSD: ICT boss urges Anambra workers to participate actively in ongoing digital evolution

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Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Anambra State ICT Agency, Mr Chukwuemeka Agbata, has urged workers in the state to participate actively in the ongoing digital evolution in the state.

Agbata, who spoke at Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka during the 2023 Civil Service Day, told the workers that the world was rapidly transiting from the analog way of conducting businesses to a digital one, and therefore must not be left behind.

He also seized the opportunity to tell the workers about the notable achievements recorded by his agency especially as they affect the digitisation of work processes, and the overall digital landscape in the state.

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Agbata, in a message to the state workforce, expressed gratitude to Governor Chukwuma Soludo for his vision of establishing a liveable and prosperous Smart Mega City and shared insights into the agency’s commitment to digitisation, aligning with the Governor’s ambitious goal of transforming Anambra into a technologically-advanced state.

He commended the civil servants for their dedication to duty, emphasising their pivotal role in advancing public service.

According to Agbata, the theme, “Digitization of Work Processes in the Public Service: A Gateway to Efficient Resource Utilization and National Development”, emphasizes the transformative potential of integrating technology into public service operations.

He explained that the agency’s comprehensive digital transformation journey began with a survey of available digital work tools which revealed a digital gap in the system.

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“In response, a phased distribution of 200 state-of-the-art computers and laptops was initiated, with ongoing digital literacy training for select civil servants.

“Other milestones included the adoption of the second-level domain (2LD.ng) for official state emails (@anambrastate.gov.ng), facilitating seamless communication, and the launch of the E-ID card for civil servants on June 2nd, 2023, aimed at strengthening identity management and streamlining recognition.

“The introduction of the Anambra Cloud, a robust cloud infrastructure, addressed the critical need for a centralised data repository. Collaborating with the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, the agency initiated an automated budget process for efficiency and transparency.

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“Governor Soludo’s initiatives, including zero charges on Right-of-Way (RoW) and the ongoing efforts towards the establishment of an Internet Exchange Point, further demonstrate a commitment to enhancing digital access and fostering high-speed broadband internet connection for all,” he said. The ICT Agency boss concluded his speech with a passionate call to action, urging civil servants to actively participate in the digital evolution. He emphasized the need for collective efforts, collaboration, and a shared commitment to drive Anambra State to new heights of technological excellence.

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