Cross River State emerged 2nd place winner in the State’s category of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) – Nihilent E-Governance Award. This was after a selection process that included a tour to States, Local Government, Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) by Nihilent (NITDA’s Consultant) to evaluate and ascertain the level of ICT deployment for governance, administration and its impact.
The awards were presented as a high point of a three day e-Nigeria Conference hosted by NITDA at the Ladi Kwali ConferConference Centre of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel on the 19th of November in Abuja. The award was presented by the wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Hajiya Amina Namadi Sambo.
The Special Adviser to the Governor for Communication Technology Mr. Odo Effiong who received the Award on behalf of His Excellency Sen. Liyel Imoke the Governor of Cross River State, at the event thanked the organisers for recognizing the efforts of the State Government in promoting excellence in the implementation of e-governance and other ICT initiatives. He mentioned that Cross River State was relentlessly pursuing its e-government program. Calabar the Cross River State capital was now the most wired city in the nation with fibre infrastrucinfrastructure. This initiative alongside the State’s SmartGov.CRSG initiative will enable the city become Nigeria’s first Smart City. Cross River State also won the CBN award for the leading state in electronic payments in 2013.
The NITDA Nihilent e-Governance Awards recognized significant achievements in the area of e-Governance, knowledge dissemination on effective methods of designing and implementing sustainable e-Governance initiative and promotion of incremental innovations in successful e-Governance solutions.
The Award featured winners in five different categories which include the best ICT Driven MDA, the best ICT Driven State, best Web Presence, The best ICT Driven Local Government and The best e-Governance Project (Executed).