The Ekiti State Bureau of Information and Communication Technology started as a Directorate of Information and Communication Technology in 2003 under the first administration of His Excellency, Dr Peter Ayodele Fayose. It was one of the pilot projects of the National Policy on Information and Communication Technology. The State’s policy on Information and Communication Technology which was drawn up, approved by the Executive Council in 2003 and reviewed in 2011 and 2013 provides for the establishment of a Bureau, Agency or Directorate which shall have the sole responsibility of making, reviewing and implementing ICT policy in Ekiti State and which shall have the oversight function of coordinating all ICT initiatives within the State.
The Bureau of Information and Communication Technology (BICT) is an Agency under the Office of the Governor. It is supervised by the Head of Service. The Bureau is currently headed by a Secretary. The nomenclature transformed to Bureau of Information and Communication Technology in following the restructuring of MDAs in 2014. The restructuring exercise enlarged the scope of work as contained in the ICT policy for effective development of ICT infrastructure and human resources vis-à-vis- improvement in the process of governance in the State.
There are six departments under the Bureau as follows:
- Web Administration
- Networking and Technical Services
- Application and Database
- Admin and Supplies
- Finance and Accounts
Functions, Roles and Responsibilities of the Bureau
The Bureau handles installation and maintenance of Ekiti State Broadband Network (EKSGNET) Base stations for internet access, maintenance of State Website (Digital Media) and Unified Communication (Official E-mail, Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony & Video Conferencing Service). Other functions of the Bureau include the following:
- Regulation of ICT hardware and software acquisition by providing government with hardware and software specifications prior to contractual obligations for system acquisitions in accordance with Decree 49 of 1995.
Monitor all ICT projects in the State.
- Provision of Technical/Help Desk support and maintenance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related issues within MDAs.
- Liaising with MDAs for ministerial contents to be put into respective MDAs portal in the State Website;
- Receive and manage enquiries from website and disseminate same to relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for response;
- Maintenance of E-mail addresses for government functionaries on Ekiti State domain www.ekitistate.gov.ng;
- Provision of Intranet and Internet System to encourage automation and reduce bureaucracy in communication within MDAs;
- Taking periodic inventory of ICT equipment within MDAs;
- Prepare ICT projects and programme Concepts for the State Government;
- Responsible for ICT policy preparation/reviewing for approval of Mr. Governor and State EXCO.
- Responsible for Implementation of the approved ICT policy of the State;
- Responsible for preparation/implementation of ICT Strategy for approval of Mr. Governor in line with the 6-point Agenda of the State Government.
Ekiti State Digital Transformation Programme (EDTP)
The State embark on a transformation programme named Ekiti Digital Transformation Programme (EDTP). The EDTP contains details of all programmes and initiatives to transform Ekiti State from a solely agrarian to a knowledge-bases society vis-a-vis service oriented economy that is ICT driven.
The following ICT projects were executed under EDTP Project:
- Ekiti State Government Broadband Network (EKSGNET) LAN/WAN: It is a fundation of ICT Infrastructure on which other service will ride on. It entails the design and implementation of secure, scalable, high-availability and very reliable network Infrastructure for Ekiti State. The purpose of the project is to network all offices of the State Government and her MDAs (LAN) and connect the various MDAs in different locations together into a common platform (WAN).
Scope of work: The project is divided into three sites.
- ICT Base Station (Data Centre)
- Office of Mr. Governor and Environ
- New Secretariat Complex
- To build a scalable, secure, high-availability and very reliable system & network infrastructure for government operation;
- To use ICT to pilot all government operations so as to encourage paperless or electronic communication across ministries, departments and agencies of government;
- To improve the staff productivities, efficiency in government operations and quality of service delivery to the citizenry;
- To save cost of governance;
- To use ICT in eliminating fraud and increasing internally generated revenue of the state.
- Site 1 & 2 completed and it is in operation
- Site 3 is yet to be completed
- Unified Communications (UC): It is a communication infrastructure that allows the government to connect, communicate via email, Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony and Video Conferencing Services that would help to drive government activities/programs for efficiency in government operations.
Scope of Work: Provision of E-mail Application, Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony and Video Conferencing Service.
- To strenghten paperless communication among government functionaries;
- To create effective internet platform for internal communication and coordination for the State.
- Project Status:The email aspect of the Unified Communications has been completed and it is in use.
The Video Conferencing aspect of the project will soon be completed.
- The State Website and Digital Media Platform: The State has presence online through the official website(www.ekitistate.gov.ng) The official website made provisions for getting feedback from its visitors both within and outside the country. The site is connected to social media platforms such as twitter, facebook, slideshare, google+, flickers, youtube all of which are integrated to achieve efficiency and effectiveness in the dissemination of information to the public for participatory government. The State is currently on CH Level 3 (4GB).
Scope of work: Provision of official website for the state: www.ekitistate.gov.ng with the twitter, Facebook, slide share, Google+, flickers, YouTube components.
- To create and maintain a dynamic and active website that would showcase activities and programs of government with feedback mechanism from public both within and outside the state;
- To show transparency in governance by bringing people near to the government
Project status: completed and it is in use.
- Staff Biometric and Payroll System: Salary processing and payments are being initiated at a respective MDAs level while payments are done by the Accountant General’s office through automated system. In the past, the payroll was done manually but the state has embarked on the automation of staff payroll system and it is functioning.
- Government Data Centre: The Data Centre house the State ICT infrastructure of government networks, software, power infrastructure, government assets server, payroll server, internet and LAN/WAN servers and related systems. They are integrated and connected for the purpose of providing ICT service of whatever form for the state.
- Vehicle Tracking system: For tracking of unauthorized movement of Government Vehicles
Scope of work: Provision of vehicle Tracking system to track the movement of all vehicles within the country.
- To track unauthorized movement of government vehicles
- To reduced and traced stolen of government vehicles