Edited by Emeka Aginam

The Delta State Governor,  Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa  has raised the bar recently  as he becomes  the first and only state governor in Nigeria  to acquire the e-Government certification from Delta State Innovation Hub. Speaking with Technology Journalists at the week in Lagos, the Director General, DG,  of Delta State Innovation Hub Chris Uwaje  said that in  line with global standards, 21st century leadership and governance  is incomplete without digital proficiency in e-Government process certification.

“Global assumptions on the emerging information society (IS), point to the fact that the ICT Policy and e-Government Domain will be the main battle field for 21st Century globalization, democratic government and national survivability.

“This “paradigm shift” makes the education of future leaders is of high priority and a strategic imperative for all nations – as we approach the critical path of the 21st century.

“The e-Government Leadership certificate program for the political class is designed to assist policy and decision makers achieve a dynamic and positive solution to crisis-prone challenges in governance”, he explained. e-Government certificate training at Delta State Innovation Hub, he further explained  is a facility for world class e-Government certification training.

“ In order to accelerate the speedy access and diffusion of the benefits of the knowledge economy, it has become critical for both Federal and State governments – through the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) – to make e-Government Certification process mandatory for all current and intending policy makers, civil servants in MDAs and others’’, he added.

Earlier in his remarks,  the Executive Governor of Delta State – Senator Ifeanyi Okowa said that, , “In driving the State’s economy, we are developing an innovation and science agenda as a key component in bridging the huge gaps and deficiencies in our education, health, industry, entertainment, governance, social and state security systems. The State aims to achieve this through a Private-Public-Partnership model strategy on innovation development.

“In this regards, we have resolved to partner with Mobile Software Solutions Limited, a renowned content solutions provider in the Information and Communications Technology industry and the winner of World Summit Award 2014 for Africa Best Mobile Content Developer in the Life-Style and Entertainment category.

“Delta State Innovation Hub – DS-IHUB – can attain noble heights if we put our minds to work. In moving this project forward, we will rely on the support and patronage of Delta State citizens at home and in the Diaspora, entrepreneurs, the academia, students, industry leaders, stakeholders, and indeed, all friends of Delta State, to ensure that this enviable knowledge venture is not only successful, but significantly beneficial to all concerned and sustainable for generations yet unborn”, he said.

While commending Zenith Bank Plc, for donating the  complex and looking for more  partners,  he said that they needed  a framework for innovation development and up scaling.

To sustain the capacity building project, he said that there was need to establish a Delta State Innovation Development Fund – IDF, encourage all youths to acquire computer skills, encourage e-governance and digital literacy skills in the civil service and other  institutions, among others.

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