By Sola Obagbemisoye, Akure
Ondo State Information Technology Agency, (SITA) is about to commence distribution of broadband internet to all Ministries, Departments & Agencies (MDAs).
To this effect, SITA is reaching out to all MDAs to get the names of eligible principal officers for immediate access to the broadband which is already running on SIFMIS network.
In a memo to the MDAs, the Agency listed categories of officers eligible to partake in the first phase of the distribution to include the political head, permanent secretaries & officers in directorate level.
Giving technical details on how the broadband will be distributed, SSA to the governor on ICT & Chairman of SITA, Hon. Olumbe Akinkugbe said the login processes will be made available to the beneficiaries after the technical team from SITA might have successfully connected them with the broadband devices.
As he puts it “since the world is today a global village through internet connectivity, the broadband is part of deliberate policy by the present administration to provide easy, faster & effective ways of communication to ensure seamless administrative processes & healthy inter governmental relations”.
Akinkugbe who further explained that the newly approved broadband is directly from the service providers added that the facility will be distributed among MDAs according to their need.
According to him, this is against the former method when individual MDA will purchase internet services at a very high cost with very low output through Mobile Network Operators (MNO).
With the new approach Akinkugbe explained, all MDAs will now have dedicated bandwidth which will be shared among staff with a view to cutting down the cost of running govt business.
He therefore advised all beneficiaries to comply strictly with the user’s guidelines which prohibits the use of social media, pornographic sites and streaming during office hours as erring official will be sanctioned in accordance with the extant rules guiding the program.
The 155 mbps broadband internet was approved last year for the use of all MDAs to improve service delivery throughout the state.