Nasarawa State Government has commenced training of its permanent secretaries on Information Communications Technology (ICT) to enhance e-governance.
The training commenced on Tuesday in Lafia, the state capital.
The state’s Head of Civil Service Mr Abari Aboki revealed to newsmen that the training was in conformity with the State’s Governor Abdullahi Sule’s determination to ensure that the workforce was ICT compliant for efficient service delivery.
Aboki stated that the permanent secretaries were the ‘engine room’ of government activities and should be well-equipped in ICT to effectively drive the process.
He added that e-governance is now a global trend and believes that Nasarawa State should not be left behind.
According to him, ICT will help to cut loss of man hours and other bureaucracies associated with governance.
“The governor believes that if all of us as permanent secretaries key into ICT, the delays and bureaucracies can be reduced such that we can send memos and get responses online, thereby ensuring faster service delivery,” Aboki said.
He, therefore, urged the participants to give attention to the training considering the personal and administrative benefits.
The Director General of the state’s Bureau for Information Communication Technology (BICT), Ibrahim Shehu also speaking, said that the training would feature paper presentation and expose the permanent secretaries to practical applications of some of the ICT modules that would help in facilitating their work.
Ms Abigail Waya, Permanent Secretary in the office of the head of service, commended the state government for the initiative while expressing optimism that the training would make the participant more productive and governance more effective.