By Dipo Olowookere
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has directed all civil servants working in the state to be computer literate to enhance their chance of progression in the civil service.
He spoke following the granting of approval to the Head of Service for the training of 23,361 state workers on computer appreciation.
“We are embarking on this important project in order to increase efficiency in the civil service of Sokoto State. In this age and time, no progress can be made without knowledge of computer and by extension information and communication technology (ICT).
“The milestones achieved in the sector in the state, as can be seen from award of best state in ICT from the Nigerian Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA), should be sustained and built upon.
“We have involved the leadership of labour unions for easy mobilization. We hope the workers, who are direct beneficiaries, will show enough dedication and commitment to the training,” Governor Tambuwal was quoted as saying through a statement issued by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, in Sokoto on Sunday.
The special computer training will be conducted in six centers situated at three State-owned Tertiary Institutions and the Sokoto Education Development Trust Fund.
The institutions are: Sokoto State University, Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic and Shehu Shagari College of Education (SSCOE), Sokoto.
The statement said the Central Coordination for the training will be located at Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic under the supervision of the Rector of the institution, Prof. Aminu A. Ibrahim to be assisted by 5 others.
“Already, the Head of Service of Sokoto State, Alhaji Buhari Bello Kware, has met with the coordinating team and the leadership of the organized Labour in the State so that all stake holders are carried along in ensuring that the training is a success.
“Consequently, all civil servants are hereby enjoined to avail themselves with this golden opportunity provided by the Government,” the statement added.
The total duration for the training is 70 weeks.
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