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IBM Helps Nigeria's Ekiti State Improve Its Governance And Education Capabilities

ADO-EKITI, Ekiti State, Nigeria, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A team of IBM (NYSE: IBM) specialists completing a month-long pro bono consulting assignment today presented recommendations to Nigeria's Ekiti State Government (EKSG) for strategies that will help improve efficiency and engagement with citizens.  The team also completed projects and plans that help improve productivity at the state's university.

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The 15-person IBM team, from 10 countries, was the sixth group since 2009 to provide assistance to Nigeria as part of IBM's Corporate Service Corps, which provides problem-solving support to educational institutions, small businesses, non-governmental organizations, and governmental agencies in emerging markets.

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Ekiti State Governor, thanked IBM team members at a ceremony marking the project's completion. He said, "Our partnership with IBM will be a crucial performance enabler and game changer for Ekiti State, as effective application of information and communication technology will certainly help our state build a more accountable system. The collective vision of my administration for Ekiti State is to create a society that everyone will be proud of. We must eradicate poverty and develop the human capital for which we are known."

Working with the state's Bureau of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, the IBM team suggested the establishment of an inter-governmental paperless system for official documents, making it easier to share information and collaborate internally.  Externally, the team developed a blueprint for a system to make it easier for citizens to obtain information.  Transparency and accountability were the key themes underpinning these projects.

IBM also reviewed the computing technology assets of the Ekiti State Ministry of Education and the state-owned University- Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, where the IBM team worked on databases and Web sites that will make promotional, student, and administrative information more readily accessible.

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