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Head of Service mandates MDAs to prioritise ICT training

By Anthony Otaru, Abuja
30 August 2022   |   4:00 am
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOS), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, has called on permanent secretaries to prioritise training and re-training of civil servants in their different Ministries, extra- Ministerial Departments and Agencies (MDAs), on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to speed up the implementation of the ongoing digitisation process.

Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOS), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, has called on permanent secretaries to prioritise training and re-training of civil servants in their different Ministries, extra- Ministerial Departments and Agencies (MDAs), on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to speed up the implementation of the ongoing digitisation process.

She made this call at a service-wide ‘Webinar on Digitisation’, organised by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), to sensitise Federal civil servants across the nation.

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.

The implementation includes, the development and documentation (hard and soft copies) of Standard Operating System (SOPs) for all departments and units, firstly in the OHCSF, and subsequently, for all ministries, the establishment of scanning centre, which saw to the automation of both policy and personal files from 2010 till date.

It also includes the training of officers from different MDAs, development of digitalisation roadmap via a service-wide roundtable on enterprise content management held recently, upgrade of Local Area Network (LAN) by galaxy backbone across MDAs, national policy on virtual engagement approved by the President in 2020, which every civil servant must be conversant with, and others.

While fielding questions on the sustainability of the reform initiative, Yemi-Esan said that the implementation of the digitisation process has been decentralised and now to be driven by the permanent secretaries in their respective MDAs.

Prompting civil servants not to rest on their oars in ensuring the emergence of a dynamic and world-class civil service, the HOS urged 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.

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