Ike Nnachi, Abakaliki
In a bid to improve the surveillance capabilities of the state, the Ebonyi Ministry of Information Communications Technology has ordered all hotels to install surveillance systems in their premises immediately.
Commissioner for ICT, Tochukwu Okorie, gave the order in a statement on Monday in Abakaliki.
Other businesses like parks, supermarkets and other public places were also directed to do same.
The Commissioner warned that the state government will not hesitate to invoke stiff sanctions on any business owner who fails to comply with the directive.
He said: “This is to bring to the knowledge of the general public especially Hoteliers, Park Owners , Supermarket Owners and Owners of public places and Offices that the State Government is keen about the security and surveillance system of their facilities to help in fighting crime in the State.
“On that note, they are directed to ensure that their facilities are equipped with functional Digital Surveillance systems/Cameras.
“If any is found wanting on this directive, the State Government will do the installation for them at their cost with the consequent penalties,” he said.
Mr Okorie said the order is part of efforts to ensure that Governor Francis Nwifuru’s drive for a functional central communication system and Smart City in Ebonyi State is achieved.
The Commissioner vowed to ensure the digitisation of Ebonyi economy and enhance ICT infrastructural development for sustainable growth.
While outlining his vision for the digitisation of Ebonyi economy, Mr Okorie emphasised the crucial role of a digital economy in achieving sustainable development.
Highlighting the global trend towards sustainable development through technological innovation, Commissioner Okorie pledged to make digital economy the catalyst for progress in Ebonyi State.
He stated that his ministry would spearhead the implementation of the “Ebonyi State Strategic Vision For Digital Economy.”
He explained that the plan aims at increasing the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and creating a robust digital infrastructure to support education and training initiatives.
Recognising the need to reform the existing education system, which heavily relies on traditional classroom learning, Okorie stressed the importance of integrating e-learning processes.
He said he envisions a state where digital technologies empower students and educators, allowing for a more inclusive and accessible education system.
According to him, the Ministry will aim at leveraging technology to bridge the educational gap and provide opportunities for all residents of Ebonyi State.