By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
To improve the quality of public service delivery, the Federal Government has trained 935 Civil Servants in Information and Communications Technology, ICT.
Speaking at the Closing and Award Ceremony of the second phase of the programme titled ICT for Change, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha said the programme is part of governments Public Private partnership, PPP, drive to improve the capacity of civil servants in ICT and improve the quality of their service delivery.
The SGF represented by the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Mr Olusegun Adekunke said the programme will enhance the knowledge of participants in the areas of: Human capacity building in ICT developing trends; Innovative ICT, Building a Smart City; Everything Connected Internet of Things (IoT) Trends and Solutions; Software-Defined-Networking (SDN) Development Trend and Basic Knowledge; Cloud Cutting-edge Technology and Trends; Big Data Cutting-edge Technology and Trends; E-Government for the Future We Want; Web Design & Maintenance Training; Microsoft Word Training; and Tour of Galaxy Backbone ICT Facilities.
Newly sworn in Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Pantami commended the initiative saying that civil servants should be up to date with ICT
“We always clamour for digitalization, but if we digitalize and our civil servants are not up to date with ICT, then the aim would have been defeated,” Pantami said.
“It is necessary for civil servants to improve on ICT to meet up with changing trends. Nothing can be achieved in government if the capacity of civil servants is not developed.
The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, in his goodwill message, harped on the need to keep up with the trend of the fourth industrial revolution and seize opportunities created by digital technology.
He reiterated China’s commitment to cooperating with Nigeria in the area of ICT. He urged both private and public sector in the country to upgrade
The training is part of a partnership between the Federal Government and Chinese telecommunication giant, Huawei Technologies Company.
The training which was conducted in batches beginning from January 2017, is an offshoot of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed between the federal government and Huawei technologies in 2015.