Sokoto State Governor, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, has emerged the Digital Governor of the year 2020 at the National Information Technology Merit Award, (NITMA) hosted by the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS).
The Governor received standing ovations as his name was announced as the winner of the keenly contested award.
Other nominees are the Governors of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
On hand to receive the award on behalf of the governor was a high powered delegation led by the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Sokoto State, Dr. Kulu Abubakar and the Director General of ICT, Dr. Nasir Daniya.
Shortly before presenting the award to the duo of Abubakar and Daniya, the Executive Director, Corporate Banking, First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Mr. Remi Oni said that the track record of the governor is using technology to deliver digital services to his people are unbeatable.
After receiving the award, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Sokoto State gave a round down of notable projects on digital technology that earned her boss the award.
She said that the award the governor got was a well-deserved award and described him as an ICT complaint governor who has set ICT agenda in the state stating that the Tambuwal has recently approved the establishment of three ICT Academy in the state.
The Governor in 2015 started the its ICT road with the establishment of ICT Directorate noting that he also Institutionalise ICT across the ministries, department and agencies (MDAs) including in the 23 local government areas of the state.
She said that the Governor equally made ICT an integra part of the State Civil Service with the recruitment of Computer Sciences/ICT graduates that have been deployed across the MDAs.
Kulu disclosed that Tambuwal was the first Governor of the state to appoint a Director General of ICT in state saying that 23,000 civil servants have been trained on 1CT in Sokoto State while also drafting the Bill for establishment of Sokoto ICT Development Agency as well as the training of 10000 Women on various components of ICT Skills and biometric Enrolment of all foreign education sponsored students.
Following the hosting of Google in Sokoto to launch the first Google Digital Skills training in Nigeria, Sokoto State became the first state to host 1000 Entrepreneurs on live training program and that is besides the increase of budgetary allocation for ICT from N80 million to N1 billion.
The Commission further revealed that the Governor has made several interventions in the areas of intervention such as the COVID-19 intervention whereby the state launched a virtual Training and Lectures to all Basic and secondary schools in the State.
Of note concerning the digital milestone of Tambuwal is the fact that the State is one of the first states to comply with the Nigerian Government regulations on retaining the services of Data Protection Compliance Organizations (DPCO)
Indeed, according the Commission, the State has done biometric enrolment of all Primary School teachers and biometric Enrolment of all Civil Servants as well as Computerization of Sokoto State House of Assembly.
Worthy of note is the fact that the State has rebranded the State Government Portal and make all its services 100% on SSL.
The President of NCS, Prof. Adesina Sodiya, said that in choosing the awardees, the Society considered their leverage on technology to address key areas and issues affecting growth in the sector and society at large, according to the report by TechnologyMirror.