Anambra State government has initiated efforts to automate its budget processes for the 2024 fiscal year.
The efforts is championed by the Anambra State ICT Agency, led by Mr Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, the Managing Director. This is after the state governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo resolved to digitize the state.
A press release from the agency, which was made available to journalists in Awka said the agency has initiated a drive to speed up the configuration of official emails for state workers, to ease interaction.
Agbata in the release said: “To ensure the full digitization of the state budgetary processes, as envisioned by Mr Governor, the state government has developed software for the full digitization, with Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, expected to turn in their proposals and defend same, all digitally.
“Officials of government can only access the platform created with the digitization software with their official email addresses.
“So we have set up a dedicated desk at the Ministry, to assist with the creation and configuration of the emails for civil servants and MDAs.
“As a proactive step, we saw the need to dedicate a team to handle this and assist government workers in setting up and configuring their official government emails on their phones and laptops. We are also setting up and configuring official emails for all the 21 ministries and the MDAs,”
“To access the platform for digitization, the civil servants are to log in with the official government emails.
“So, if you are communicating with a civil servant via generic emails such as Yahoo or Gmail addresses, those correspondences are not official, CFA concluded.
He said the configuration exemplifies Soludo’s resolve to digitize budget process in Anambra and also improve service delivery.