News Update

UNDP Representative in Anambra Visits State ICT Agency, Seeks Strategic Alliance

By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

The Anambra ICT Agency last Tuesday hosted Chiwetalu Okosi, the state’s UNDP focal person, at the Agency’s office in the State Government House, Awka, for a vital discussion regarding possible areas of partnership that would be of interest to both stakeholders.

The meeting’s discussions centered on how the UNDP, in keeping to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed with Anambra State Government, could support with the implementation of the state’s ICT Policy developed by the Agency

It would be recalled that at the Anambra ICT Stakeholders’ Engagement Workshop held earlier this month, stakeholders made contributions as well as gave their buy-in into the policy.

The meeting provided an opportunity to brainstorm on strategies that ensure educational services remain accessible to children living in Internally-Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in flood prone areas of the state.

The utilization of technology to address this issue was carefully considered, demonstrating Mr Governor’s commitment to the new order, through the activities of the Agency.

For his part, the MD/CEO, Anambra ICT Agency, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata said the meeting reflected the kind of strategic partnership the agency is seeking in its quest to realize its mandate.

On the issue of displaced children during the flood, Agbata, who was represented at the meeting by the Tech Partnership and Digital Investment Lead in the Agency, Jude Emesim said, ‘We need to find a way to ensure that the children can continue to go to school even while the flood is happening.

‘They should not be forced to sit at home while their mates are in school. Ndi Anambra need to come together and help, ensure uninterrupted education for the affected children.

‘This collaboration between Anambra State and the UNDP holds a huge promise for the state’s growth and development.