By Stanley Iwuoha
The National Information Development Agency, NITDA, is currently training about 650 public servants on digital skills.
It said the skills, when acquired is expected to help them drive government economic diversification plan.
Director General of the agency, Mallam Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi, disclosed this at the graduation of Batch A of the DT-TWGs trainees on Government Digital Transformation at eGovernemt Training Centre, Kubwa, FCT, Abuja.
Inuwa, who was represented by the Director of eGovernment, Dr. Vincent Olatunji stated the determination of NITDA to drive digital penetration in all public institution, said public servant have no alternative than to acquire digital skills so as to fit into government transformation plan.
He said, “One of the major things that this government is doing is economic diversification and the digital economy sector has been identified as a major sector to drive the economic diversification plan of the Federal Government.
“But how can you do this without having a proper policy in place? So, when you have the policy and infrastructure, you need human capital to be able to drive whatever you are putting in place.”
”The training was to ensure that the agencies of government have the required digitally qualified personnel.
”NITDA under the programme, is building capacity of 650 DT-TWGs members on Government Digital Transformation. This followed the inauguration of chairmen of the group by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami on Thursday 27th August, 2020.”
Speaking on the training, one of trainers, Lukeman Lamid said the training was focused on heads of IT and other public servants in business department of various government agencies in order to align IT with business.
He said about 160 public servants were trained in the first batch in every aspect of digital transformation and some subsidiary frameworks on digital policy and strategy. In terms of Government interprobability framework, Nigerian enterprise Architecture, Nigerian data protection regulation, and so many others.
”Digital economy will not be sympathetic to any CEO who will not want to be digital compliant. We encourage them to join the bandwagon. ”Once, the trainees go back to their organizations, they should be champions of digital transformation with level of training they received. innovatively use what they have learnt,” Lamid said.