In its continued effort to institutionalize digitization programs, especially to equip Federal Public Institutions (FPIs) with various digital skills, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has concluded its three-week organized program capacity building for staff of ministries, departments and agencies. (MDA), military and paramilitary on digital literacy, cybersecurity and cloud computing.
The training aims to inspire public servants to actively participate in the global digital economy space for the successful realization and implementation of federal government technology-enabled initiatives.
Speaking at the closing ceremony which took place at the e-Government Training Center in Kubwa, NITDA Director General, Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE, who was represented by the Director of IT Infrastructure Solutions, Dr. Usman Gambo Abdullahi, said digital transformation in the public service is integral to delivering high quality services to citizens.
He said: “As you may be aware, digital literacy and skills form the second pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), which provides policy support for mass training of Nigerians from all walks of life to enable them to go digital. letter “.
Inuwa noted that the objectives set for the program have been fully achieved through the reports and testimonials the Agency has received from supervisors and participants, adding that “course attendance in both virtual and physical trainings has been phenomenal with turnout high level. .”
He pointed out that digital technologies are changing the world at a faster pace than previously known waves of technological innovation, and are reshaping and introducing new business models and industries.
He also reiterated the need for a digitally literate workforce, emphasizing that Nigeria must succeed in accelerating the growth and modernization of its economy and governance.
Inuwa said that NITDA, as a forward-looking organization, is aware of the relevance of public servants in delivering government programs, and that the efforts of the current administration cannot be completed without involving public servants. , the military and the paramilitary, saying that the MDAs are at the heart of the implementation of the digitalization of the Confederation.
To actualize digital e-government initiatives, Inuwa said NITDA should set up Digital Transformation Technical Working Groups (DTTWGs) in REITs whose members are expected to drive down programs at different levels of government. .
He recalled that to date, the members of the DTTWGs of 200 Federal Public Establishments have been trained and that another batch of 200 must be trained.
“We at NITDA have supported REITs in terms of tools and training. We are already collaborating and will always be willing to partner with stakeholders to support our economic diversification and sustainability plan for the country,” the DG said.
While imploring the participants to participate fully and transfer the knowledge acquired at the end of the training to their colleagues who were unable to attend the training, the NITDA boss pledged the Agency’s unwavering determination to achieve the benchmark of 95% digital literacy by the year 2030.
In his remarks, the Head of IT Professionals Development and Awareness Unit, NITDA, Dr. Ahmad Yusuf Tambuwal gave an overview of the capacity building program, saying that participants of the two-batch training came from 40 MDAs (20 organizations in person, 20 virtually), military and paramilitary bodies.
He noted that the development of the 100 participating members will help Nigeria catch up with the rest of the world in digitalization, job creation, adaptation and deployment of technology in the workplace.
Tambuwal expresses the hope that the two batches, each with 50 participants, will seize the opportunity to learn and effectively use the knowledge gained to achieve the sole objective of the initiative.
One of the participants, Dr. Keneth Okereafor from the National Health Insurance Authority, thanked NITDA for organizing the training and noted that civil servants need to improve their digital skills, especially given the existing realities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Having participated in this program, we are very grateful that our skills have been brushed up. We are confident that we are returning to our offices with renewed skills, and courtesy of NITDA,” he added.
While expressing his gratitude to NITDA, Mr Edward Samuel, a staff member of the National Guidance Agency (NOA), said, “The capacity building training has exposed us to a lot of things, before now, I didn’t know that whatever I want to do in the office, I can use these things to do it.
“Digital literacy helps us organize all the data and information we use in various offices. After organizing this data, the public needs access to it, and cloud computing has allowed us to easily transport this information and upload it for people to access,” he said.