Governor Abiola Ajimobi has been priding himself as innovative after overseeing the introduction of technology into some sectors of the state’s management.

A lot has changed in security, finance and civil service efficiency. Contracts and procurements have also been automated.

This is why the Nigeria Computers Society (NCS) thought he deserved to be awarded ‘Digital Governor of the Year’ in appreciation of his administration’s digital innovations.

The governor was presented with the award on Tuesday at NCS’s 27th National Conference, which he declared opened at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.

Prof. Sola Aderounmu, the President of the society, said that Ajimobi was given the award in recognition of his administration’s digital inclusion policies.

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He stated that the society was impressed with the ingenious ways the state had proffered digital solutions to the management of its key structures and units.

The NCS boss called on the Federal Government to formulate digital inclusion policy to overcome challenges confronting the country in the areas of health, economy, security and other facets of life.

Aderounmu expressed concern that the benefits of Information Technology have not been fully harnessed, judging by the exclusion of a good number of women, children and the physically-challenged from the benefits of digitalisation.

“Gov. Abiola Ajimobi is deserving of this award because of his strides in deploying ICT to solve problems in governance.

“His success story ranges from administrative efficiency, prompt accounting system, effective health and education policies as well as security of lives and properties.

“When you talk of states that are peaceful in Nigeria today, you won’t count three before mentioning Oyo. The state uses CCTV to monitor flash points in Ibadan to nip crisis in the bud,” he added.

He also commended the state government’s resolve to establish the first Technical University in the country and creation of technological hub in Ibadan for foreign investors to produce materials.

As for Governor Ajimobi himself, he is obviously loving the idea of being given such an accolade.

He said that the state was reaping the fruits of its heavy investment in digital inclusion in the management of security, payroll system, finance and other aspects of governance.

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