Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

How we deployed ICT to prevent rigging of Osun guber election —Aregbesola •Lists how ICT aids good governance in Osun

By News Express on 15/12/2014

Gmail icon

Views: 2,449

Four months after the event, Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, yesterday revealed how the deployment of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in monitoring and reporting of events as they unfolded prevented the falsification of results during the August 9 governorship election that gave him a fresh four-year mandate.

Aregbesola, according to the Director Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, made the disclosure while delivering a keynote address at the Africa Digital Forum and Award 2014 organised by the ICT Watch Network at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers in Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday evening. He spoke on the theme, ‘Broadband: Oxygen for Digital Economy’.

Okanlawon in a statement issued in Osogbo said Aregbesola pointed out that ICT was put to use by the various situation rooms set up by the government to monitor, get results and happenings across all the units, wards and local governments in the state helped in no small measure.

He reportedly bemoaned the situation of the country at this jet age lacking the capacity to deploy Internet and other advanced technologies to locate the whereabouts of the Chibok school girls several months after their abduction by Boko Haram insurgents.

The governor noted that Nigeria has a new opportunity for economic resurgence in the digital economy age, saying that the nation has the requisite infrastructure both material and human.

He said: “We have a huge human population (167 million) with equally immense needs. This is a potentially immense market with which we can trade our way from poverty to riches. Added to this is the demography of that population.

“Our population is predominantly composed of youths who are energetic, enthusiastic, and innovative.”

Aregbesola noted that the Osun experience in the use of modern technology and the use of Internet could be a model for national ICT development on a non-partisan basis.

The governor pointed out that the use of ICT will enhance greater deployment and consumption of broadband.

According to Aregbesola, “In Osun, without being immodest, we can say that ICT has been a major plank of governance. We pioneered e-learning with the invention of Opon Imo. We have also been able to provide card-based e-credit for farmers. Of course, we have also deployed e-based payroll and staff ID card on MasterCard platform directly connected to the holder’s account.

“We have also devised e-ID Card for all pupils in public schools and the card will now serve as payment instrument for our home-grown school feeding and health programme (O’MEALS).

“We set up the OYESTECH, an institution for training youths in the use, assembly and repair of electronic gadgets from plasma television, computers to mobile phones.”

The governor held that Nigeria has a great potential for enhancing development in this information age through the digital economy.

He noted that there are still huge potentials in road traffic monitoring and control, CCTV camera, weather monitoring and forecast, national population database among others.

“What this means is that there is power and potential in numbers. A great number of people mean a potentially great variety of needs to be met,” he said, adding: “The good thing is that in meeting these needs, a self-reinforcing cycle is created in which people have access to employment, are productively engaged, earn income, create wealth, and spread prosperity with accompanying prospect of material uplift and satisfaction.”

The governor added that any human mass is a potential source of wealth generation from which positive developments can spring, stressing that what is required therefore is creativity in turning the potential into public good.

•Photo shows Governor Aregbesola.

Source News Express

Posted 15/12/2014 11:17:39 PM





You may also like...
Gunmen kill 13 at Mexican party

Ghana closes 400 Nigerian businesses

Luis Suárez’ World Cup over •Banned for 9...

Burkina Faso’s power struggle leaves eight dead

Change Movement writes Buhari, faults secret declaration of...

Stop sending underage children to dispose refuse, police...

Final year student attempts committing suicide for failing...

Police halts Abuja gay marriage, whisks away bride,...

Why I quit APC chairmanship race — Odigie-Oyegun...

Borno elders tell Buhari to end Boko Haram...

Breaking News: Another explosion rocks Nyanya Abuja ....

Boris Johnson loses majority in UK Parliament


Latest News Boko Haram now stronger, well armed - New York Times Notorious Lagos cultist, rapist arrested Visiting family friend ‘drugs, rapes’ teenager 43 arrested over illegal activities in Lagos Shipwreck: Police confirms 36 people missing Akwa Ibom first lady discloses plan to expose rapists Budget 2020: Hard times beckon as oil prices drop IPOB alleges genocide plot in Kanu’s home Wonder Bank defrauds Sapele residents over N20m 95 per cent of properties in Edo don’t have C of Os – Official Nigeria’s Muhammad-Bande set to resume as president of UN General Assembly Xenephobia: Ramaphosa re-assures of Pan-Africanism, sends special envoys to Nigeria, others


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (540,044 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (442,738 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (388,987 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (326,465 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (294,426 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (253,520 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (249,544 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (238,164 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (231,311 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (217,299 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (195,694 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (193,315 views)


CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (102) Business & Economy (4,443) Business Verdict (80) Columnists (1,108) Complaints & Requests (96) Enterprise & Opportunities (215) Entertainment (663) Features (809) Global Business Monitor (441) ICT Monitor (63) International (3,948) Interview (203) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (170) Maggie's Blog (410) News (51,318) Opinion (1,357) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,439) Religion (1,102) Sports (2,166) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update







APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera