IT is a new dawn for residents of Ekiti State who will, in the next few weeks, begin to enjoy uninterrupted broadband services after Governor Kayode Fayemi kicked off the first phase of the Optic Fibre Cable laying project for Ado Ekiti Tuesday.
Speaking shortly after kick-starting the laying of the cable at the Fajuyi Park, Fayemi said his campaign promise to transform the state to a digital hub was not a gimmick but a step to make the state go digital and join the world of information technology super highway.
When completed, Fayemi said the step would move the state from being just a civil service state, where government is the main industry and federal allocation the life-blood of its economy.
He stressed that government needed to diversify, transform the economy and convert its renowned intellectual capital to prosperity for the people hence the inauguration of a steering committee on Ekiti Knowledge Zone.
According to him, the first phase of the project will cover about eight kilometres from the state government’s data centre to Tantalizers, Fajuyi Park, Bank Road, State Secretariat, GRA, and Christ School Road, and would be completed in eight weeks.
The cable will cover high-speed Internet access to homes and offices at an affordable price, wi-fi hotspot at Fajuyi Park, video conferencing, safe city security cameras, cable TV and e-education, among others.