Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, has told Technology Times that the State government is leveraging technology to drive the business of government.
The Commissioner who spoke with Technology Times at the sideline of the IBM Business Connect 2016 organised by International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) in Lagos, says that technology has proved very useful for gathering valuable data for planning.
“Gathering information, gathering data is through technology. For example, the introduction of cashless, one single account, we have been able to use technology to drive that and we have been able to encourage unemployed graduate and we have been able to let them know how they can use technology”, Ashiru says.
According to the Ogun State Commissioner, “you see technology is the driver of the world now and if you are not technologically-inclined, then you cannot succeed. So the only way is to meet them and support the best practice in the world and that’s what we are trying to do.”
On public-private partnership (PPP) drive of the State, the Commissioner adds that “when you partner with government, you use your own diverse experience and everything to come together and that is why we have PPP. We have PPP Office. We have the economic adviser who runs that and what we are trying to do is to take everything from both public and private sector and merge them together because you see, we are all partners in progress.
“We cannot do without each other, like I said, the customer is our greatest asset and what is an asset, they are the stake holders, the people we have, so if we don’t partner with them, we cannot succeed, we are there because of them, to satisfy them and make them happy and that is the success of any government.”
The Commissioner explains that “in my own area, I have been able to encourage private investors in Ogun state and that is the reason why we have the largest concentration of industries in Ogun state. Ogun state is now the industrial hub of Nigeria and that is what we are trying to do. We have made things seamless for potential and existing investors and how do we do that? We are not frustrating them.”
This have been achieved, Ashiru says because “we have a one stop shop. It’s just like having a Relationship Manager in the bank who takes over your problems and responsibilities and once you have that, you know you have an interface with someone and the person you have an interface with is the person you are dealing with. We created that enabling environment for them and ensure that they get things done as at when they need it and because of that, they keep on coming, telling other people that things have changed.”