Francis Nansak, Lafia
Nasarawa state government has finally migrated from analog system of civil service operations into digitise functionality.
Two hundred and Twenty Eight Data Processing Officers across the state MDAs were assembled in the
Umaru Tanko Al-Makura,computer based Test Center , Lafia,on Monday for the official flagged off of the Refresher training.
Flagging off of the training,the Head of Service,Mr Nicholas Abari and the permanent secretary Human Resources Development,Barrister, Abigail Waya, eulogies the state governor, engineer Abdullahi Sule’ for supporting civil service reforms via ICT training,they also charged the officers to take advantage of the Refresher training and add value in their operations for efficient productivity.
In their separate submissions,the Head of Service,said with the training which is aim at refreshing of staff memories,the expectations would be a vast improvement in their performance
Mr Abari further explained that” you most have noticed that before now, certain things were not going on well and if you recalled, during the inaugural speech of the governor,he particularly mentioned that he was going to make reforms in the civil service.
” Which he started by restructuring of the ministries,to see how the restructuring will be beneficial in the public service.
” Part of the reforms is the training and retraining of the state workforce,that started up with the top echolons,the directors in the public service,all this was totargeted at ensuring that we change our attitude and we do our work.
He pointed out that the governor signed into law the Earn grand ,that is ,the way we are supposed to do our work,in a way that within 5minutes of any job at hand,should have been cleared.
On her part,the permanent secretary,Human Resources Development, Barrister Abigail Waya,said the training for the Data Processing Officers was apt in time, especially that it was the first of it kind,offers opportunity for upgrading of knowledge in order to catch up with new development in ICT.
” So we are very grateful to the governor, engineer A.A Sule’ ,who cares about the civil service,he understood that without the work you do,we will have serious problems in our offices,hence the approval of the training” She added.
Barrister Abigail further said with the training the future of civil servants in the state has suddenly turned brighter.,as she charged the data processing officers to take seriously the training and not see it as a work over.
Early in his welcome address,the Director General , Bereau for Information and Communication Technology,Mallam Shehu Ibrahim,said in today’s world , information technology and knowledge are increasing at an astronomical speed that no one can learn everything about every subject,what may appears as true today could be proven to be false in next minutes.
Shehu Ibrahim appreciated the governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule for encouraging and approving the training.
He posited that the event is very important for three main reasons,first,that the training happen to take place.secondly,the honour to host the mist computer proficient persons in the civil service and the successful participants of the training whi would be given the first New Nasarawa State, ICT proficiency Certificate.
He also added that in due course,plans are on ground to reach out to workers in the local government areas in order to harmonised a good working relationship with their counterpart in the state service.
According to him,the Bereau of ICT is aimed at strengthening the operations of civil service and improving service delivery through identification of huge capacity gaps in critical areas of ICT and government working,strategic thinking and policy analysis, analytics needed in the vision to sustain accelerated growth of Nasarawa economy and translate this to clear improvement in lives of citizens.