Fashola Commissions New Science And Technology Office Building At Secretariat, Alausa
• Says building is a response to growing strength of the State's Public Service over the years
May 14, 2015 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN on Thursday formally commissioned the new Science and Technology complex at the Government Secretariat, Alausa, saying the new offices would enable the State Government to bring all her automations and technology processes under one roof.
In his address at the ceremony, which attracted top government functionaries including members of the State Executive Council and Body of Permanent Secretaries, among others, said the State Government tries to "leap frog with technology" because of the size of the State and the multiples of people that Government has to respond to adding that the State could not afford to continue doing things the old ways but must automate in order to be more efficient.
The Governor, who said the new Science and Technology Complex, would enable Government bring its automations and technology processes into one part of the State secretariat, recalled that the opening of the ABAT Centre thirteen years ago during the tenure of his predecessor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, signaled the beginning of the deployment of Technology in the State "to monitor Government accounts including its daily banking transactions, adding, "That was when we also committed to the Oracle soft ware implementation".
Recalling also that the State Government unveiled the Citizens Relationship Management Service a few days ago, in which technology would also be committed to respond to services for the citizens, the Governor said it would reduce the need to come from long distances to either make enquiries or to verify status of work in progress at the State Secretariat.
He said the building apart from leveraging and consolidating on the progress of yesterday in order to plan for tomorrow, was a response to growing strength of the State Civil Service over the years which, according to him, has created the need for more office space.
"As those who are observant will notice, there is a new office complex coming up just opposite the Ministry of Environment, the old car park into a Multipurpose office complex that will help us expand and get even more conducive accommodation for the increasing numbers of staff", Governor Fashola said adding, "That is the project that I am sure that the next administration will complete".
Accompanied by the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Adebiyi Mabadeje, the Governor was later conducted round the new office complex by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Nike Animashaun.
Among those who witnessed the formal commissioning of the office complex were members of the State Executive Council including Head of Service, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, Special Adviser on Economic Planning and Budget, Mrs. Iyabowale Aluko, Body of Permanent Secretary, members of staff from the Ministry of Science and Technology and other top government functionaries.