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Edo, firm partner on, digital revenue collection drive

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The Edo State Government in collaboration with a payment and data verification firm, Tracology, has installed metal QR-enabled plates in 1, 000 buildings in Benin City with a view to boosting government’s capacity to track and verify revenue collection using digital devices.

The Guardian recalled that Governor Godwin Obaseki had, during his second term inauguration speech, set a target of running a digital government before 2025, stressing the need for the state government to leverage technology in driving inclusive and sustainable development.

Founder of Tracology, Dr. Emmanuel Okena, said the firm was aligning with Obaseki’s vision for a digital government that would deploy technology to make life easier, smarter and more rewarding for Edo people.

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He said the firm executed the pilot phase of its solution in the state with the Edo State Waste Management Board (ESWMB), Ministry of the Environment and the Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs).

MEANHWILE, wife of the governor, Betsy Obaseki, yesterday, said investment in education of the girl-child was key in tackling gender-based violence in the country.

She made the remark while participating in a panel discussion at the first annual conference of the Nigerian Governors Wives Against Gender-Based Violence.

Mrs. Obaseki noted that in her handling of gender-based violence cases in Edo State, she observed that most victims became targets because they were vulnerable.

She said education, whether formal, informal or skills acquisition was necessary in all respect, noting that education and empowerment remained vital instruments that had proved effective both as a preventive measure and one that ensures that victims get justice.

The Edo First Lady spoke in the panel from her experience with victims of gender-based violence at the Betsy Angels Shelter, the Edo Youth Academy, passage of the VAPP Law and opening of the Sex Offenders Register in the state, among others.

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