Report by Modupe Adegboro
Poised to run an all-inclusive Government, the Yahaya Bello-led administration will soon be launch an online platform, Kogi State Open Governance and Accountability Systems (KOGAS) to ensure that Public Office Holders in the State are held accountable by the people.
The platform is expected to be lunched and made available to all indigene of the State and beyond within the next 60 days would serve as an avenue to score each sector of the state based on its performance and to allow the people ask relevant questions from the State leadership.
Evang. Kingsley Fanwo who disclosed this on assumption of office as the new Commissioner for Information and Communication in the State, explained that the Ministry would play a critical role in this initiative.
The platform, which he said is the first of their kind in the country will fast-track effective feedback mechanism for Government while promoting efficient service delivery to the people of the State.
He also disclosed that an online digital album where pictures of State Government projects could be seen and accessed by the public would be hosted on the State website, stressing the site would be made responsive and more public focused.
Fanwo who reiterated the readiness of the State Government to reposition the Information Sector to cope effectively with the new task, said there will be improved human and infrastructural upgrade in the Ministry to meet up with the new development.
He called on the staff to adequately prepare and embrace a new work ethic that would be deploying, adding that the imminent changes would be gradual but steady; and advised them to work hard to defeat the numerous challenges that he believed were all surmountable.
He lauded the State Information Management Team for their past achievements, while encouraging them to utilise more of state resources to achieve best results.
The Commissioner also commended the State government and the immediate past leadership of the Information Sector for the existing structure especially the new Graphic House and promised to consolidate on previous gains for optimal yield for the State.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Sylvanus Akpama said team work had helped the Ministry and allied Parastatals to move forward and called for an extension of better cooperation to the new Commissioner.
In their separate remarks, the Director General of Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation, Alhaji Ojo Oyila and the Managing Director of ‘The Graphic’, Pastor Dayo Thomas congratulated the Commissioner on his new appointment. They both promised to support him to succeed.