Head Of Civil Service Canvasses For ICT Training In Agencies

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan has called on Permanent Secretaries to prioritise training and re-training of Civil Servants in Ministries, extra- Ministerial Departments and Agencies (MDAs), on Information and Communication Technology.

She made this call at a service-wide “Webinar on Digitalisation”, organised by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation to sensitise Federal Civil Servants across the nation.

According to her, the training will speed up the implementation of the ongoing digitalisation process.

Dr. Yemi-Esan took the audience through the level of implementation of the digitalisation process in the OHCSF and the efforts of the government in fast-tracking implementation.

While fielding questions on the sustainability of this reform initiative, Dr. Yemi-Esan said that the implementation of the digitalisation process has been decentralised to be driven by the Permanent Secretaries in their respective MDAs.

She urged the Permanent Secretaries to ensure that digitalisation comes first in the order of priority in their budgeting.

”incorporate adequate training for all staff, as well as procurement of necessary tools to boost the process”, She said

She also advised on alternative sources of funding other than the annual budget, such as collaboration with private partners, which the OHCSF is already leveraging on for the successes recorded so far.

“The OHCSF has done a lot in training of officers from various MDAs. It is, therefore, important, that those trained from the different MDAs, engage in training other staff within their individual MDAs and Permanent Secretaries to involve their ICT departments in ensuring that every Civil Servant is computer savvy. “No one must be left out in the digitalisation process,” she added.

Prompting civil servants not to rest on their oars in ensuring the emergence of a dynamic and world-class Civil Service, HoSF also encouraged them to continue to be creative by exploring and making the best of the opportunities that they have while placing very high premium and pride on what they do.

The Director, ICT, OHCSF, Mr Adeniyi Dada took the audience through the outcome of the Round Table Conference held on the 17th of July, 2022, where over two Hundred 200 participants were in attendance physically, as well as virtually.

This, according to him, was a pointer that the digitalisation ideology was well accepted by various MDAs.

The Head of Service of the Federation encouraged Civil Servants to go through the recorded webinar, which will be made available on the Office’s website and social media handles and direct more questions and comments via the same platform.

Source: Voice of Nigeria