ICT: Panacea to socio-economic, developmental challenges ― Gombe dep gov

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Information and Communication Technology, (ICT) has been described as a panacea to 21st-century challenges and socio-economic development thereby Gombe State Government to restate its commitment to embracing it.

Deputy Governor of the State, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau stated this when the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, (NGF) rose from its meeting on Wednesday at NGF’s Secretariat in Abuja as contained in a statement by Ismaila Uba Misilli, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Governor.

According to the statement, the Deputy Governor, who represented Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, explained that because the government is aware of the role of ICT in this century in creating jobs to the teeming youths and boosting the economy of the state, it has keyed into federal government’s programme on Information Communication Technology.

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He recalled the recent National Council on Communication and Digital Economy hosted by Gombe State, pointing out that it is a step towards harnessing potentials embedded in the sector.

Speaking on the recent outbreak of Lassa Fever in some parts of the country, the Deputy Governor said the administration has taken adequate proactive measures towards prevention of its outbreak in the state.

He disclosed that the state Ministry of health is already on red alert, but noted that people must be ready to play their own role by living hygienic lives and avoiding rats and the dirty environment as a preventive measure.

He also called on the people in the state to report suspicious cases to the relevant medical authorities for prompt action, so as to rid the state of an outbreak of the dreaded disease.

The NGF had earlier deliberated on such matters calling for synergy and collaboration amongst the states and Federal Government so as to provide quality health care and boost socio-economic lives of the people in the country.

The Governors’ Forum meeting was preparatory to the National Economic Council Meeting presided over by the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

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