Imo and need to deploy ICT as a development tool

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It is no longer in doubt that we live in a jet age where things move with mathematical precision. They call it computer age and virtually all activities have now become computer aided. The importance of computer in our social and economic life is manifest in various ways which we can bear witness to today. 

There is no gain highlighting here again the benefits of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in our state and its possibility of transforming the entire land scape development wise. What we should focus on is the deployment of this tool to maximal effect.

It is disturbing that as much as we recognize ICT as a tool to drive development we are still dragging feet in our efforts to launch it to accommodate our administrative processes because of the numerous benefits accruable therefrom. Today the government is struggling with a lot of issues such as determining the integrity of information available to it leading to slow down in discharging its responsibilities to the citizens. A good example is the salary payment.

If we can generate data on some of our strategic sectors and automate the processes of doing things we are likely to have a more effective and efficient way of doing things. We cannot over stress the need of automating the civil service with a view to improving the quality of its delivery. The civil service is the engine room that drives productivity in the state and so cannot be left out in the scheme of things.

We quite acknowledge the humongous challenge this poses especially in the area of providing the required equipment as well as training the work force to adapt to the new development. In the light of the immense benefit therefrom government cannot shy away from this task which it will reap enormous dividend if concluded. What the government can do is to commence a phased automation process.

To drive home our point, while the government of Rochas Okorocha battled with the endless screening of pensioners with all its attendant issues, the government of Emeka Ihedioha within a short period took the bull by the horn to create a data base of the pensioners and commenced automated payment processes. The result is the joy of our senior citizens sitting in the comfort of their homes to receive their pensions as at when it was due.

If we are able to create a data bank to accommodate information on our various sectors it is bound to aid planning. We may not achieve something effectively if we lack the requisite information to plan. For instance, it is only when we are sure of the number of school children in the state, the number of teachers available, the statistics of school structures, and their dispersion etc that we would be able to plan our educational development to meet our needs.

How would we be able to determine the amount of revenue to expect from the renewal of vehicle licences when we have no data base of vehicles that are registered and plying in our state? The era of doing things by rule of thumb is long gone. We can draw from Lagos State and few other ones that are getting it right by utilizing the tools of Information Communication Technology (ICT)

Edge Express therefore calls on the Imo government to take the bull by the horn and do the needful in order to key itself into global best practices.   

“ Control your poor information dissemination system,” PDP tells Uzodinma

The Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State has called on the current regime in the state to do something about its information dissemination system, which since its assumption of office, according to the party, has remained haphazard and indeterminate, misinforming and misleading Imo people and members of the public on emergency issues and current affairs.

In a press statement signed by the publicity secretary of the party, Ogubundu Nwadike, the party said conflicting and contradictory information on the status of the unlawful arrest and detention of Comrade Ambrose Nwogwugwu, the Director-General, Imo PDP New Media Directorate, who has been in the detention cell of the Directorate of State Security (DSS) since May 28, 2020,was another reason for the press statement.

The press release stated “while there was an initial denial of the involvement of the Uzodinma regime in the arrest of Comrade Ambrose Nwogwugwu, both the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, C.O.C Akaolisa and his counterpart in the Information Ministry, Declan Emelumba, came out about clear 24 hours later to announce that Comrade Ambrose Nwogwugwu was being held at the orders and directives of the Uzodinma regime to the DSS.

“Our party viewed such self-contradictions and misinformation as becoming an undesirable character of the current regime. Therefore, the party urged the State Government to get serious with what and how they serve Imo people in the area of information dissemination, to save Ndimo the opprobrium of not knowing what to believe and what not to believe.

“The party sadly noted that the poor information dissemination system of the Uzodinma regime since January 15, 2020 has caused the regime to severally falsely entangle and accuse Imo PDP as sponsoring fake news about the regime. Instructively, the party then, as at this moment, dissociated itself from any involvement in any fake news against the regime because it is not in our character.

“The contradictory information coming from the Attorney General of the State and the Commissioner for Information which are in contradiction with the earlier information that the Uzodinma regime had no hand and was not in any way involved in the arrest and detention of our Comrade Ambrose Nwogwugwu, has vindicated our party as not being complicit in any acts of peddling fake news against the regime.

“That is why the party has now charged the Uzodinma regime to put its information house in order and decide to guide Imo people right with its information dissemination system. We say enough to the practice of this regime saying one thing this moment only to say another thing the next moment, and begin to falsely and maliciously cast aspersions at our party as weaving fake news. “At least, the world now knows that it was the Uzodinma regime that ordered the arrest and detention of Comrade Ambrose Nwogwugwu. Why the regime will so boldly deny its involvement in the illegal and unlawful arrest and detention, ab initio, is left for them to explain.

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