In Owerri, on Sept.10th 2019,the Imo government have restated its commitment to the development of science and technology in the state.
The State Commissioner for Technology Development, Mazi Meekam Mgbenwelu, made this known in an interaction with newsmen at the state secretariat in Owerri on Tuesday.
Mgbenwelu who had worked with Google, Microsoft and other International, Internet Communication and Technology, ICT,firms in the past said that he is working harder to bring his vast experience into the Rebuild Mission govt. of Governor Emeka Ihedioha.
He mentioned some of the present administration’s achievements which includes: the training of 250 students of the Imo State University Owerri, IMSU, on effective Computer Programming and Coding Processes.
He stated that this was achieved through effective collaboration with the Nine Tertiary Institutions in the state.
He added that his Ministry was carrying out a structural assessment of an Information and Communication Technology, ICT, centre built by the past administration so as to ascertain its habitability and avoid exposing Imo residents to possible mishaps.
He also said that the current administration was already partnering Google, Microsoft, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and private individuals in a bid to assemble ideas for rebuilding the state.
He further assured that ICT centres in all 27 LGAs of the state would be revamped through the ministry’s department of end user support and advisory services.
According to him, this would effectively computerize departments, ministries and agencies of government for smoother running of day to day activities of government.
”We already conducted a demographic research into the youths of our state because they are more ICT inclined than any other age group.
”With the figures we have, we already know what to expect in terms of equipment that will be enough to serve our target audience in the 27 ICT centres and our proposed electronic library.
” 250 students have been trained on computer programming and coding. They will be graduating on Sept.14 and they will also form part of our workforce across various centres.
” Through healthy partnerships with international ICT firms, we are equally directing attention to rural areas because the rebuild Imo agenda of the governor is also targeted at the people in the grassroots level ”,he said.
Mgbenwelu however called on Imo residents to remain proactive in supporting government policies for the overall good of the state.