Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Unveil Anambra’s Digital Revolution
The ICT Agency of Anambra State, led by Engineer Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, has enabled the state’s Ministries, Departments, and Agencies to digitise their operational operations.
Speaking Q1 2024 Anambra State ICT Agency Media Interactive Session, Engineer Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, highlighted some significant milestones recorded so far.
“As of today, all state MDAs are being supported by the ICT Agency with digital services and solutions, and these services and solutions include among others, website creation, content management, and various technical assistance to facilitate the digitization of their operational procedures.
“We are inspired to continue pushing forward to an even more exciting future, where the possibilities for digital transformation and innovation are endless for our dear state.”
Agbata enumerated some of the most important developments that have occurred since the beginning of the Soludo administration, among them the full implementation of the Zero Right of Way (RoW) policy, which is a bold step towards strengthening infrastructure. This has spurred InfraCos to install fibre ducts throughout the state to deepen the tech infrastructure, improving service quality all around the state.
The ICT Agency has embraced the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy’s Blockchain Strategy to advance and strengthen the state’s blockchain ecosystem operations.
Additionally, the ICT Agency launched an internship programme in collaboration with Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, which led to the successful launch of the ANSG-EID Card programme for civil servants and other government personnel in June 2023.
The adoption of domains has been incredibly successful. The State’s innovative approach to e-governance includes the smooth transfer to the Federal Government-approved.ng second-level domain. The effective transfer of Anambra State’s online digital assets to the State-owned domains “anambrastate.gov.ng” and “an.gov.ng” (as per Federal Government directives) has been made possible by this endeavour.
One of the few states that is still putting the Zero ROW strategy into practice as a first step towards completely increasing broadband penetration is Anambra.
Regarding cooperation and interconnectivity, the state’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) are presently collaborating with the ICT Agency to construct an Internet Exchange Point in the state. The objectives of this programme are to deepen penetration, lower the cost of Internet connection, and increase interconnectivity. Anambra’s ISPs are thrilled about the potential.
“The Agency, through its baseline Study of E-government Infrastructure in Anambra state has set the stage for a digital revolution in the Civil Service. This initiative resulted in the Governor’s approval of the procurement and distribution of the first batch of 200 state-of-the-art
“PCs and laptops to various MDAs, advancing the objectives of digitization and professionalism across the public sector. 2024 will witness the distribution of more digital tools to more civil and public servants in line with Mr. Governor’s promise of modernizing the state’s workforce,” Agbata explained.
Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo, the visionary governor of Anambra state, has reinvented the state’s digital revolution since taking office.