The Ekiti State Government has commissioned the Ekiti State Digital Transformation Programme (EDTP) to promote access to broadband services its people and adopt surveillance systems to secure the state.
The project commissioned recently by
Kayode Fayemi, the State Governor, who commissioned the project in Ado- Ekiti, the state capital said that the administration will adopt a two-pronged deployment approach: Broadband Internet and the Safe City Project.
Under the plan, the programme will enable citizens of the state have access to fast Internet service through fiber optic cable services. It will also provide adequate security through surveillance cameras installed at key locations in the state capital.
Speaking at the commissioning, Governor Fayemi noted that the fibre optic cable and other ICT infrastructure will engender entrepreneurial capacity in the youths to equip them with digital skills that required by industries.
On the other hand, facilities like digital library, Pay As You Go computing service, video conferencing meeting room and product exhibition hall embedded in the project will improve the economy of the state, he added.
Fayemi noted that the first phase of the fibre roll-out that kicked off in September 2013, Ekiti State has started a project that will eventually see the entire state connected by the high-speed Internet service.
On the Safe City aspect of the project, the surveillance cameras were placed in strategic locations of the state capital to check traffic congestion and crowd movement. Security agents in the state will also be able to check crimes as they will be able to watch different places through the device from their offices, the Governor added.
According to him, the project will soon be extended to other parts of the state while also explaining that the state could also be monitored from any part of the world.
Titus Olowookere, the General Manager of IPNX Nigeria Limited, the technical partner in the project, disclosed that the Safe City Project will lead to effectiveness in the arrests of lawbreakers as a result of timely detection of crime, a reduction in the level of criminality and decrease in the percentage of traffic incidence that can be solved through use of video archives.
High point of the event was the demonstration of the Internet service and the surveillance camera facilities at the Fajuyi Park of the State capital to the delight of people present.