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NigComSat, Sawtel, PSIN partner to develop public sector

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Abdul-Ganiyu Obatoyinbo

Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN), Nigeria Communication Satellite (NigComSat) Limited and Sawtel Technologies Limited have signed a tripartite agreement for the implementation of e-Learning management system for public servants.

This is in line with the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) roadmap and objectives of the Federal Government.

The agreement, when implemented, will boost the public sector’s productivity by improving skills set using broadband.

Noting the importance of ICT in manpower development, PSIN’s administrator, Dr. Abdul-Ganiyu Obatoyinbo, stressed that the agreement would see the institute deploy cutting edge technology to train civil servants simultaneously regardless of their location.

“Today, without ICT, you cannot make impact. Public service has the mandate of training, and we cannot achieve that without ICT. We’ll definitely need ICT infrastructure to execute these trainings because we cannot bring everybody here physically,” said Obatoyinbo.

He added in a statement made available to The Guardian yesterday: “We strongly believe that by the time this infrastructure is in place in about six weeks’ time, we should start seeing some immediate regulations. I am confident that by the time the e-business rating is carried out under the next assessment, Nigeria would have risen up to about 50 to 60 ranges. So, that can only happen when capacity building is in place because when you train a staff, you get the results.”

In her response, Managing Director of NigComSat, Abimbola Alele, revealed the firm’s willingness to partner with PSIN and Sawtel to take the institute to greater heights.

“I congratulate you, because you are expanding the horizons of not just the civil servants, but the military, paramilitary and so many other agencies that want to push governance, and you are utilising the best instrument available right now globally, ICT, to train them,” Alele said.

On the importance of such agreement, Executive Director, Marketing, NigComSat, Samson Osagie, noted: “The tripartite agreement is all about realisation of the policy objectives of the ICT roadmap in Nigeria. We would provide the critical infrastructure through the optimisation of satellite services to the MDAs. This is through public (PSIN) and private (Sawtel) partnership to create the synergy required to boost the productivity of civil servants.”


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