The Kaduna State Government and Vodacom have announced an ICT for development initiative that will see the telecoms operator deploy tailored ICT solutions in order to support the state government's service delivery mandate.
The partnership will see the deployment of Vodacom's connectivity and data solutions in improving service delivery in healthcare, education and agriculture in order to promote greater efficiency in each sector.
Already, the first programme under the initiative - a mobile-based healthcare program known as SMS for Life 2.0 - has been implemented in the state's public health system.
SMS for Life is a public-private partnership, where the Kaduna State Ministry of Health has joined together with Novartis and Vodacom to connect 255 public health facilities to a central platform that they can use to keep track of essential medicines and access an online training platform.
The Kaduna State Government is delighted to apply technology to advance governance and the delivery of public services. Working with Vodacom, we seek to further enhance service delivery, improve data collection and strengthen accountability. Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State
The partnership will also deploy Vodacom technology for mobile school management in Kaduna State, with facilities for real-time visibility of all management activities at schools.
One module to be used in 4000 schools in Kaduna will allow the State to monitor feeding programmes in schools to ensure that pupils on the programmes receive quality meals.
Additionally, the performance of individual pupils from all over the state can also be tracked through real time reports on teacher and learner data through the application. The solution, which uses mobile phone and tablet technology, will be implemented in 4000 schools across the State.
According to Vodacom Business Nigeria Chairman Vuyani Jarana, the telco and the State Government discussed how to work together to transform healthcare delivery, education management and agriculture using technology.
“The leadership of the Kaduna State", he noted, "has clear objectives for the agriculture sector and understands the exponential effect of deploying ICT alongside other initiatives. Soon the rest of Africa will come to Kaduna to learn how a great vision is translated into reality, how strategy is turned into action to deliver mass social progress. We will walk side by side with the leadership of Kaduna.”
Cover Image: L-R: Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Barnabas Yusuf Bala, the Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai and Vuyani Jarana, Chairman of Vodacom Business Nigeria | Kaduna State Government