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The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma on Monday unveiled a 5-year rolling agenda to digitise the state, which he codenamed, Imo Digital Economy Agenda (IDEA) 2022-2026.
The Eastern Updates reports that the policy, which is built on six strategic pillars-Digital literacy and Skill, Solid Infrastructure, Service Infrastructure, Advocacy, Monitoring and Evaluation, Collaboration, and Partnership, involves hooking all the over 600 autonomous communities in the 27 councils of the state into the internet.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Digital Economy and E-Government, Dr. Chimezie Amadi, disclosed that the five-year medium-term plan was the vision of the governor through the Ministry of Digital Economy and E-Government.
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According to him, the policy document was conceptualised to harness the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) potentials to drive new solutions to developmental challenges, which would engender growth, essentially to foster competitiveness, enhance access to information and knowledge, as well as eradicate poverty and ensure social inclusion.
At the event, which was attended by members of the technologically based business community, Amadi disclosed that the policy would also help to maximise the benefits of digital economy in state government-owned institutions for enhanced productivity and quality service delivery.
Amadi said: ‘It will foster strategic partnership with the tech ecosystem, facilitate broadband penetration across towns and villages to enable fast pace-based socio-economic growth in the state.’
He informed that the state was the first to establish such a ministry at the state level to complement the one at the federal level, aimed at diversifying the economy and leading digital economy technologies in the country. He noted that the policy would also help to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, while promoting value creation and prosperity for all.