JOOPSA trains govt officials on artificial intelligence in Edo
The John Odigie-Oyegun Public Service Academy (JOOPSA), a leading public service training institution, yesterday, commenced two-day training on Artificial Intelligence (AI) for government officials in Edo state.
Director General of JOOPSA, Imuwahen Ajoonu, who spoke to newsmen in Benin, said the aim of the course is to empower civil and public servants with the requisite knowledge to enhance government operations, provide better services to citizens and make data-driven decisions. Ajoonu said: “All the modules in the course have been designed to introduce civil and public service workforce to artificial intelligence.
“AI, the world over, is transforming the way governments operate and provide services to citizens. Indeed, understanding the fundamentals of AI remains essential for government officials to make informed decisions, develop effective policies and harness the potential of AI technologies for public good.
“Because AI can analyse vast amounts of data quickly, identify trends and provide insights, it could help the government make more informed decisions, especially in areas like policy development, resource allocation and crisis management.”
According to her, AI can also automate routine and time-consuming tasks, allowing government workers to focus on more complex and value-added activities.
This not only increases efficiency, but also leads to cost savings in the long run. At the inaugural session of the programme, the lead facilitator, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, demonstrated to participants that everyone in the government could leverage AI to improve efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness of government operations.
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