The Secretary to Akwa-Ibom State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, has re-emphasised the State is fast migrating from resources based state to a knowledge economy through massive investment in infrastructural facilities.
These facilities, he said, can leap frog the state to one of the leading state in Nigeria. The SSG further claimed the state has the biggest e- library and this e-library has over 4million subscribers.
The state-of-the-art facility was launched in year 2012.
He made the remarks while playing host to the National Executive Council of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) led by the President, Mr. Olusola Teniola, who were in his office on solidarity visit, recently.
Dr. Ekuwem, who is also a former president of ATCON said he was very pleased to receive the NEC.
Further, he said on assumption of office, as the new SSG to the Governor of Akwa Ibom, he invited all the telecom companies to find out their challenges but to his great surprise those telecom companies in the state said the state has been very cooperative and there was no incidence of multiple taxation and no harassment from the state.
The SSG stated that the Government of Akwa-Ibom knows the importance of broadband as 10% broadband penetration is equivalent to 1.3 % increase in GDP and apart from this, it also enhances productivity “and the state has always encouraged telecom companies operating in Akwa Ibom to maintain a higher level of maintenance culture so as to prevent the incidence of mast collapse and malfunctioning of base station in the state”.
“The state also plans to connect all the local governments in the state through broadband and IPTVs are being installed in all government offices to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the State.
“The focus of the government of Akwa-Ibom is to have smart classrooms, smart city and smart cities and the state is currently working on electrification projects called Ibom Power and seven local government are expected to enjoy Portable Power Supply in no distant time.
“The government of the state is also working earnestly to lift boys and girls from the street by ensuring that they have jobs so that they can have a sense of accomplishment as well as contribute their quota to the development of the state.
“Professor Nse Udo Essien, Honourable Commissioner for Science and Technology said the state has an innovation hub which is fully funded by state and the hub is on two storey buildings and it has a total numbers of twenty six companies.
“The state has computer laboratories and another ten laboratories are under construction. The state has the biggest e- library and this e-library has over 4million subscribers and the state is fast migrating from resources based state to a knowledge economy through massive investment in infrastructural facilities that can leap frog the state to one of the leading state in Nigeria”, he told the visitors.
The Akwa-ibom e-library
At launch, the facility boasts of a children multi-media resource centre, 1,260 educational games for children; 1,000 simulations and mathematics practice tools as well as a large external playground.
It also has open and private reading areas and children reading areas with story-telling/play facilities and 80,000 question and answer series for tertiary examinations.
The project was then reputed to have digital collections to avail users access to about 16.5 million e-documents, over two million electronic books and 14.5 million electronic research e-journals.