In its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), the Federal Government has commenced training for workers to build their capabilities to achieve President Muhammadu Buhari’s digital transformation agenda.
According to Vanguard, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, said this at the opening of the second
phase training course for 400 participants from 100 MDAs of the Technical Working Groups on Digital Transformation (DT-TWGs) in Abuja on Monday.
Bolstering the Digital Economy Drive in Nigeria’s Federal Public Sector Using Galaxy Backbone’s Digital Services Platform” was the theme of the training held at the e-Government Training Centre.”
He stated that in the current digital economic era, in order to succeed and expand globally, the government must treat digital transformation as an integral part of governance.
He stressed that digital governance was crucial to successfully managing the digital transformation.
The digital economy is developing at a remarkable rate, and the single most important driver of innovation, competitiveness and growth has been widely accepted.
It is now the public sector’s largest source of productivity and transformation. In order to sustain our economy and compete globally,
the digital economy is wholly transforming the way the public sector works and delivers services to clients.
“A number of Federal Public Institutions (FPIs) are also experiencing the failure of IT projects.
This is largely due to the lack of adequate digital governance system, either at the level of the individual organization or throughout the government.
“The Technical Working Group on Digital Transformation (DT-TWG) will be needed to ensure that all laws and procedures
related to ICT and digital technologies are abided by their organization in a way that allows national development,” he stated.
Prof. Mohammed Abubakar, Director-General of Galaxy Backbone (GBB), said that the recipients had been specifically chosen with a view to achieving the target set.
They were advised by Abubakar to use the skills learned by promoting their organizations’ digital growth towards economic growth.
You are responsible for coordinating the implementation at the federal level of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS),
the National E-Government Master Plan (NeGMP) and any digital transformation-related public sector activities.
“In conformity with the provisions of the Nigerian Government Enterprise Architecture (NGEA) and the Nigerian e-Government
Interoperability Framework (NeGIF), you must make sure that all IT projects are designed and implemented,” he stated.
Abubakar stated that there was a need to build the capacity of public workers to fulfill government mandates,
since the public service was the principal objective for the execution of government policies and programs.
We have designed the contents, the study and the importance of the training with the given task to facilitate
effective class interactions, teaching and learning, because of the roles expected from the recipients in their organizations,” he stated.”
He believed, however that the training would be enough to to guide the recipients in making the right choices and taking
the necessary steps to achieve a successful digital transformation in their different organizations.
Director General, Kashifu Inuwa, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), stated that trainees would be trained in 12 areas, which include digital transformation,
the perspective of the public sector, domain management of gov.ng, and awareness-raising, among others.
He said the training would include an examination and certification to maintain that the recipients were actively involved in the event.
I understand that you now have the basic knowledge and skills to actually carry out your responsibilities in your various organizations.
“NITDA is there to assist you on your digital transformation strategy,” he added“.
Nevertheless, Inuwa told reporters that NITDA would make sure that the training was a bottom-to-top approach to sustainable digital transformation.
He advised the apprentices to take back what they have learned in their different organizations and champion digital innovation.
He further called on them to learn, unlearn, and relearn skills so that with their new innovations, they can sustain their jobs or secure new jobs.
On August 27, 2020, the programme was officially launched.